Who is Raja Pervez Ashraf ?
Rawalpindi / Islamabad (June 2, 2012) – Raja Pervez Ashraf, who on Friday was elected as the 25th Prime Minister of Pakistan, was the second choice of President Asif Ali Zardari, also the PPP co-chairman, for the vacant slot.
Ashraf has been accused of receiving kickback in a rental power project and is currently defending himself in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has also been accused of buying foreign property from illegal money. The Supreme Court declared him involved in the rental power project scam and revoked his power as the minister for water and power. However, when the federal cabinet expanded, he was given the ministry of information and technology.
He became the main candidate after an arrest warrant was issued against the party’s first nominee, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, for alleged irregularities during his tenure as health minister in Yousuf Raza Gilani’s cabinet.
Ashraf, a senior PPP leader, hails from the Gujar Khan tehsil of Rawalpindi. He was born in Sanghar district of Sindh on December 26, 1950.
He resigned from Gilani’s cabinet in February last year after allegations of corruption in power projects. He returned to the cabinet in April this year when he was appointed as minister for information technology. Ashraf’s candidature for the Prime Minister was backed by PML-Q, a major ally of the PPP which has more than 50 seats in the National Assembly.