Published on Jun 22, 2012
http://www.vidjin.com/ Raja Pervez Ashraf as Prime Minister 1st Speech - 22nd June 2012 .Syed Khursheed Shah, in a press conference with coalition leaders announced that Raja Pervez Ashraf will be the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate for the prime minister's post.
"The final decision was taken in collaboration with our coalition partners," Khursheed Shah said.
Among other coalition representatives, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) senior member Sardar Bahadur Ahmad Khan Sehar, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Haider Abbas Rizvi and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Afrasiab Khattak were present at the press conference.
Earlier, MQM sources had said the party had conveyed reservations to President Zardari over the candidature of Ashraf.
Ashraf has been elected twice from NA-51, Gujjar Khan.
He was appointed federal minister for water and power after the 2008 elections and was again appointed a minister in the recently-dissolved cabinet.
He faces corruption allegation for receiving kickbacks in rental power projects and buying properties in London.
The Supreme Court had also directed NAB to take action against Ashraf for his alleged involvement in rental power case.
The ruling PPP and its allies first submitted nominations for Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ashraf, but later Qamar Zaman Kaira also filed his papers when a lower court issued arrest warrants against Shahabuddin for his alleged involvement in the ephedrine scam.
Ashraf thanks Altaf Hussain for support
Ashraf spoke to MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday to thank him for supporting his candidacy.
According to a statement issued by the MQM, Ashraf told Hussain that like him, he too was from the "grassroots". The MQM chief told Ashraf that the country currently faced a great deal of challenges and hopes that he can help the country face these.
Hussain said that he was happy that Ashraf had worked his way up in the PPP, and said that loyalty to the party was a fundamental principle and that this was the way to earn respect and honour. Former interior minister Rehman Malik also spoke to Hussain and thanked him on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari for his support to the PPP.
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