Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Interim PM doesn’t form 47-member cabinet: Qureshi


ISLAMABAD, AUG 05 (DNA) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that a prime minister staying for only 45 days does not form a 47-member cabinet. He predicted that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will remain prime minister till completion of the government’s tenure. Speaking on the political situation in Punjab, he claimed the ruling PML-N had no strong candidate for Punjab chief minister’s post and they were planning to give the seat to Shehbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Shehbaz but Nawaz’s camp was not satisfied with the decision.

On the other hand, PML-N officials say the main reason why Shehbaz may not take over is linked to the 2018 general elections, and the party s fears that its grip on the vital Punjab province will weaken if he steps down as chief minister.

The way Pakistan’s political system is set up means any party that sweeps Punjab, which houses more than half of Pakistan s 190 million people, will most likely go on to form a government after the general elections in mid-2018.

Shahbaz has served as chief of Punjab since 2008, delivering big wins for PML-N and forging a reputation as a competent administrator whose workaholic habits have contributed to timely completion of infrastructure mega projects popular with voters.=DNA