Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became interim prime minister of Pakistan. He was selected by National Assembly through voting which was done on Tuesday and was confirmed winner by getting 221 votes. There was need of new Prime minister for Pakistan after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif from the post. He was declared ineligible by Supreme Court after the allegations were proved on him in Panama Papers Scandal.
The other contestants were – Pakistan People Party’s Naveed Qamar (got 47 votes), From Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Sheikh Rashid Ahmed got 33 whereas Sahibzada Tariqullah from Jamaat-e-Islami’s party could only get four votes.
He was born on 27th of December, 1958 in Karachi. He is a graduate from Lawrence College in Rawalpindi’s Murree and then moved to USA to pursue electrical engineering at George Washington University. After working in USA for some time, he moved to Saudi Arabia and joined oil and gas industry there. He is a successful businessman and is owner of Pakistan’s most popular private airline Airblue.
He joined politics after his father’s death in 1988. He contest from Rawalpindi district and has been selected as National Assembly member for six times from there.