PPP, partners mull name for new PM
20 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the ruling coalition to discuss names of new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified Yousaf Raza Gilani from the office.
Sources said the meeting discussed three names – Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Syed Khursheed Shah and Ahmed Mukhtar, adding that Shahabuddin was the consensus choice for the office of prime minister.
The meeting decided that the new prime minister would be from Punjab.
Sources said the PML-Q expressed reservations over the name of Ahmed Mukhtar while former prime minister Gilani was against making Shahabuddin the new PM. However, coalition partners authorised President Zardari to nominate the next prime minister. It was further decided that the National Assembly meeting will be convened either on Thursday or Friday and the PPP will make the final decision in this regard.
The meeting held a detailed and comprehensive consensus over important issues such as the situation arising out of Supreme Court's verdict of disqualifying Gilani, any decision to appeal the disqualification verdict, mulling new nomination(s) for the top slot, and general political situation of the country.
Chaudhry Shujaat, Mushahid Hussain, Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Haji Adeel and Afrasiab Khattak were present in the meeting.