Pakistan Elections 2008: Who Will Be Pakistan’s New Prime Minister?

Posted on March 1, 2008
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Adil Najam

Before the elections Dawn News had done a series on who should become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. I am not sure what the result there was. But I do know that the question is real again. Much more real.

Yusuf Reza GillaniAhmad MukhtarShah Mahmood QureshiAsif Ali ZardariWho wil be Prime MinisterAmin FahimFazlur RehmanHamid Nasir ChattaAfsandyar Wali Khan

Speculation is rife. Theories about. The more we talk about it, the more confused we get. The game is interesting, but is it just a game?


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There are too many questions, and too few answers.

  • Will we get a grand ‘coalition of [nearly] the whole, which will have 3/4th majority and could replace the President and rehabilitate the Constitution?
  • Will PPP and PML-N part ways – either because PML-N will choose to be the ‘friendly’ opposition or because they both realize they cannot work together?
  • What about the PML-Q? They are also talking to the PPP. Is a PPP-PML-Q coalition on teh cards?
  • They say Amin Fahim is over, is he?
  • Will we get a PM from the Punjab – Gillani, Qureshi or Mukhtar – to highlight that PPP is not just a ‘Sindhi’ party? If so, will this is permanent or temporary while the party waits for Asif Zardari to be elected from somewhere?
  • With Maulana Fazlur Rahman doing his ‘meetings’, is he still in the game?
  • What about the ANP? Could we see a consensus candidate emerging from there in the ruling coalition?
  • And what about the provinces. It seemed that things were clear – PML-N in the Punjab, PPP in Sindh, ANP in NWFP and PML-Q in Balochistan. Will that actually be?

And you could answer any of them in the affirmative depending on what you already think and which news reports you have been reading. Any ideas what might actually happen?

Pakistan Election Results 2008

In a recent post on ATP ‘temporal‘ had asked who should become the next president of Pakistan. We ask a similar question today but the intent this time is not normative, but practical. The question, this time, is not who should become the next President, but who you think will become the next Prime Minister, given the way the cards have been dealt with the last elections.

so, Koun Baney Ga Wazeer-i-Aazm? Any thoughts?

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60 responses to “Pakistan Elections 2008: Who Will Be Pakistan’s New Prime Minister?”

  1. abbas khan says:

    hey buddies, whoever is our prime minister and whoever is our president of our country, we should respect them and one important thing to say is that we should not criticize their way of politics, what we should do is to think that what are actually WE contributing to our country? moreover, what are WE doing for the development or the reinstatement of our country?
    we Pakistanis always criticize our politicians, but we have never thought about our responsibilities and our duties,
    so, be honest and faithful to your duties and respect your politicians,
    thanks,
    Engr. abbas khan
    +92 345 9424239
    abbas_anwar77@yahoo.com

  2. kashif says:

    is it not tragic that only “makdooms” and jaagirdaars are allowed to rule pakistan always,never a patriotic and working class pakistani was made prime misniter ever in pak history.

  3. kashif says:

    ppp,s has announced yusuf reza gilani as new prime minsiter of pakistan,,,some key facst regarding him are given below

    Makhdoom Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani belongs to an influential and spiritual Shia family of Multan, born on June 9, 1952 in Karachi, Pakistan. His father was a descendant of Syed Musa Pak, a leading spiritual figure of Multan who had hailed from the Iranian province of Gilan. One of Gillani’s aunts (sister of his mother) is the wife of Pir Pagara. Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani is married and has four sons. The eldest son of Yousaf Raza Gillani, Makhdoom Syed Abdul Qadir Gillani, will marry the grand-daughter of Pir Pagara on March 24, 2008 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

  4. Qudsia says:

    I believe in democracy and I want Musharraf to go and military rule to end. But frankly, it is as much a joke of democracy when you have a general ruling as when you have a college kid who is elected by no one deciding the fate of the nation. It is disgusting that Zardari is now playing this royalty card by having Bilalwal come to supposedly “decide” who the prime minister will be. Why don’t the elected PPP MNAs do it?

    I am really sad that our politicians are going to again squander away this chance at democracy.

  5. zia m says:

    Looks like Yousaf Gilani has gained momentum.

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