NA to elect PM today
PPP’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf leading candidate
Fazl, Mehtab Abbasi also in race , Zardari’s 1st PM choice fizzles out
Sharafat KazmiIslamabad—National Assembly will elect the 20th Prime Minister of the country today (Friday) in its session summoned by President at 5.30 PM.
There were reports that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had decided that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will be the party’s leading candidate for Prime Minister.
The PPP will make a formal announcement at a Press conference at 11:00 am today. The allies also agreed to the name of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at a meeting held Thursday night.
Nawaz questions role of next Prime Minister
Islamabad—The main opposition party in the National Assembly, PML-N has devised a strategy for today’s NA session and will offer strong resistance to the PPP in smooth sailing of its nominee for the office of the Prime Minister.
President of the PML-N Mian Nawaz Sharif while briefing the media after a meeting with the parliamentarians of his party Thursday said he would not leave the ground open to the PPP.
“I urge all the conscientious MNAs to think beyond the party affiliations and decide for the larger interest of the country,” he said. He, however, dispelled the impression his party was indulging in some “horse trading” or any shady deals.
PA turns into battlefield
Lahore—The Punjab Assembly turned into a battlefield Thursday when its members hurled chairs on each other while Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal suspended the membership of Sheikh Allauddin and See-mal Kamran until the current session of assembly concludes.
PML-Q MPA Seemal Kamran fell unconscious while protesting outside the Punjab Assembly as she was barred from entering the assembly.
4 killed, 35 injured in Peshawar, Quetta blasts
Peshawar/Quetta—Four people were killed and 35 others injured in separate blasts in Peshawar and Quetta Thursday.
At least three people including a child were killed and 21 others injured in the blast that occurred in Hazar Khwani area.
According to rescues sources, dead bodies and injured were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital. The condition of four injured was said to be serious. Police and LEAs have been cordoned off the area. According t security sources, the explosive material was planted in a donkey-cart outside the shrine.