ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief and Prime Minister-in-waiting Mian Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s (PTI) Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Tuesday filed their nomination papers for the slot of Prime Minister.
Nawaz is set to become prime minister for the third time after his party secured simple majority in the newly-elected National Assembly.
The nomination was submitted by Ishaq Dar, Tariq Fazal, Khawaja Asif and Abdul Qadir Baloch on Sharif’s behalf.
Moreover, Makhdoom Amin Faheem of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) also submitted his nomination papers for premiership.
Candidates intending to contest for the post of Prime Minister will file nomination papers by 2pm on Tuesday, the prime minister’s election to be held on June 5.
The prime minister’s election will come two days after the election of PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq and Murtaza Javed Abbasi to the posts of speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly respectively.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to extend its unconditional support to Sharif in the premier’s election and would not be fielding a candidate in the race.
According to a statement issued by the MQM on Monday, party chief Altaf Hussain endorsed a decision of the coordination committee to give support to Sharif as ‘a goodwill gesture’.