Islamabad: The Pakistan People’s Party has chosen Raja Pervez Ashraf as candidate for the slot of prime minister, dropping Makhdoom Shahabuddin hours after arrested a local court issued arrest warrants for him for his alleged involvement in Ephedrine case.
According to reports, name of Raja Pervez Ashraf has been finalized by the PPP top leadership.
A meeting of the coalition partners has also been convened to take them on board.
Raja Pervez Ashraf who has served as minister for water and power and information technology hails from Gujjar Khan district of Pumjab.
He has also been facing allegations of corruption in a rental power case.
Earlier, the warrants for Shahabuddin were issued by Judicial Magistrate Shafqatullah Khan following the end of deadline on which Qureshi was to appear before the army-led Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).
The Supreme Court of Pakistan during the last hearing of Ephedrine case had also directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin.
The ANF had told the court that certain elements were creating hurdles in the investigation.