PPP leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker unopposed

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ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has been elected Speaker National Assembly unopposed. His election came after National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser resigned from his position after joint opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan.  Raja Pervaiz Ashraf after approval from the party had submitted his nomination papers in the assembly secretariat. According to the National Assembly Secretariat, notification regarding the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf as Speaker will be issued in accordance with the rules. PPP leaders Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar were the guarantors of the former prime minister. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is a Pakistan-based businessperson, politician, and agriculturist. He remained the 19th PM of Pakistan from Jun 2012 to Mar 2013. He is a member of the Pakistan National Assembly from NA-58. Ashraf received an undergraduate degree from University of Sindh in 1970. He hails from a family of agriculturists and that remained his occupation until he joined center-left PPP, and made Gujar Khan his new home. He is a seasoned politician who had a political background. Before joining politics, he worked as a businessperson and later entered Pakistani politics. Being a leading and eminent member of PPP, he was nominated for the post of Pakistan’s PM after the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani. His political career is marred with hardships and allegations, firstly Pakistan Supreme Court ordered him to re-open cases against President Zardari. He was then accused of corruption in rental power projects. After appointing his son-in-law Naeem ul Haque to the World Bank, he was criticized for setting nepotism in Pakistani politics.

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