Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: A PML-N Loyalist Elected As Interim Prime Minister


ISLAMABAD: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, was chosen Pakistan’s eighteenth PM on Tuesday securing 221 out of a place of 339 votes.

He is the previous federal minister for oil and natural resources, and a businessperson who propelled the nation’s best private airline.

Considered significantly intelligent and a long haul supporter of Nawaz Sharif, the previous PM who was expelled by the Supreme Court on Friday, the 58-year-old Abbasi will go about as a placeholder for the Sharif convention.

He is expected to be rubber stamped in a parliamentary vote as prime minister until Sharif’s younger brother Shehbaz, chief minister of Punjab, can be elected to the National Assembly and assume control over the leadership.

Abbasi was delegated oil minister when Nawaz Sharif won his third election in 2013.

Educated in the US at George Washington University, he was born in Karachi but is a member from the National Assembly from Murree.

Abbasi worked in the US and Saudi Arabia as an electrical engineer before joining legislative issues after his dad, a minister in General Zia’s government, was murdered when an ammunition dump detonated in Rawalpindi in 1988.

Abbasi has been chosen six times as an member of the National Assembly from that point forward, and has already filled in as minister for business and defence production.

He was the executive of national flag transporter Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from 1997 to 1999, until General Pervez Musharraf removed Sharif’s second government.

Abbasi was caught after the overthrow and confined for quite a while before being released.

In 2003, he setup a private carrier Air Blue, the nation’s best private aircraft and challenger to PIA.


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