Pakistan News / New PM of Pakistan > President Asif Ali Zardari has finalized the name of Makhdoom Shahabuddin for the next Prime Minister, sources said.
Meanwhile, Raja Pervez Ashraf will file nomination papers in Election Commission before 2 pm on Thursday as a covering candidate for the PM slot, sources said.
Both, Shahabuddin and Ashraf will submit their nomination papers today.
Earlier, addressing the meeting of the PPP’s Parliamentary Party members at the Presidency, the president said that the decision to nominate a new leader of the House would be taken in consultation with the coalition partners and in the larger national interest.
Presently a member of the National Assembly (February 2008 onwards) and textiles minister, Shahabuddin has earlier held the portfolios of federal minister for finance and health in the Gilani-led government.
Coming from Southern part of Punjab province’s Rahim Yar Khan city, Shahabuddin has been politically affiliated to the PPP.
Meanwhile, some media outlets had reported on Wednesday that Shahabuddin could face arrest anytime by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) for his alleged involvement in Ephedrine case.