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    Sunday, 29 July 2018

    Dr. Yasmeen Rashid may be the next Punjab Chief Minister

    At least six leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) appeared on Sunday as strong candidates for Punjab chief minister position.However, Dr.Yasmin Rashid might be the strongest candidate for this sliot. Majority of PTI stalwarts are not in favour of Shah Mehmood Qureshi who was defeated by a young independent  candidate who was novice in politics. Former General Secretary Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Punjab Dr Yasmin Rashid met party chief Imran Khan in Islamabad on Saturday.
    She has emerged as a strong candidate for Punjab Chief Minister (CM) as majority of PTI members support her for the post.A social media campaign is also happening in favour of Rashid.
    Khan had called Yasmin Rashid at his residence Bani Gala in Islamabad where a one-to-one meeting was held between both of them.Talks were held over government affairs after party win in the general elections 2018.
    Yasmin Rashid also presented a report of her constituency NA-125 where she lost to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Waheed Alam Khan.
    Alam stood on first spot with 122327 votes while Yasmin Rashid received 105557 votes.
    At least 353 polling stations were established in the constituency.  Aleem Khan, Dr.Yasmin Rashid, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal and Fawad Chaudhry are six candidates for key chief minister of Punjab position.
    However, the final decision has been left to Imran Khan to choose chief minister of Punjab.
    Earlier, in a major blow to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) efforts aimed at forming government in Punjab, four independent lawmakers including Kabirwala’s Hussain Gardezi, Layyah’s Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah and Bashir Randhawa and DG Khan’s Hameed Pitafi had joined PTI, strengthening position of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party in Punjab.
    At present, PML-N leads battleground of Punjab with 129 seats followed by PTI with 123 seats. To form government, a party needs support of 149 lawmakers.
    Independent candidates—with 29 seats in the provincial assembly—remain vital for both parties to form government. PML-Q is on fourth spot with seven lawmakers while Bilawal-led Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has won just six seats and is on fifth spot.
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