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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected new Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former petroleum minister will act as interim prime minister until Shehbaz Sharif is elected to the Parliament to become eligible to be sworn in as the prime minister.

He secured 221 votes against Pakistan Peoples’ party’s Naveed Qamar’s 47 and Sheikh Rashid’s 33. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah managed to secure only four votes.

PML-N’s ally Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam has also backed Abbasi. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also backed Abbasi as hours before the election, MQM had withdrawan its candidate Kishwar Zehra in favour of the PML-N nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Dawn News reported.

Abbasi is expected to take over as interim prime minister until Shahbaz Sharif is elected to the Parliament, and then to the prime minister’s office.

The 58-year old politician hailing from Murree’s Abbasi family was destined to become a businessman but contested elections from NA-50 Murree after Shahid’s father Khaqan Abbasi, who was a federal minister in General Ziaul Haq’s cabinet, died in April 1988.

 

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