MQM-P to field Ali Khurshidi as party's candidate for Sindh chief minister

Kiran Khan
MQM-P leader and Sindh chief minister nominee Ali Khurshidi. — X/@alikhurshidi
MQM-P leader and Sindh chief minister nominee Ali Khurshidi. — X/@alikhurshidi

  • PPP nominates Murad Ali Shah for Sindh CM post for third time.
  • MQM-P's candidate Sofia Saeed was defeated in speaker's election.
  • Rashid Khan, Anthony Naveed competing for deputy speaker' slot.

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has finalised the name of Ali Khurshidi as the party's candidate for the Sindh chief minister's post, announced the party's spokesperson on Sunday.

Khurshidi, who won from Karachi's PS-119 constituency by securing 22,424 votes, has previously served as a member of the provincial legislature from 2018 to 2023 and will be competing against Murad Ali Shah who is the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) chief ministerial candidate and is in the pole position to serve as province's chief executive for the third time.

The development comes as the vote-counting process was underway in the Sindh Assembly for the election of speaker and deputy speaker posts.

PPP's Awais Qadir Shah defeated and MQM-P's Sofia Saeed Shah by securing 111 votes compared to the latter's 36 votes.

After the new speaker took oath, following the election, the polling will start for the deputy speaker's slot.

For the post of deputy speaker, MQM-P has fielded Rashid Khan against PPP's Anthony Naveed.

At the onset of today's assembly session, about nine members of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) and Jamat-e-Islami's (JI) Muhammad Farooq, took oath as MPAs.

A day earlier, at least 148 newly-elected Sindh Assembly members took oath in the 168-member house.

The oath-taking was marked by protests by opposition parties outside the assembly against alleged rigging and manipulation of results in the February 8 polls.

Matters pertaining to government formation in the Centre and in provinces are likely to culminate in the coming days.

Punjab Assembly is set to elect its chief minister on Monday (tomorrow), whereas sessions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assemblies have also been summoned.

Furthermore, as reported by The News, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is planning to conduct the presidential election on March 9 — just a day before Ramadan.

A senior official of the ECP has confirmed the publication saying: "There is a concrete proposal for the election of president on March 9. Once approved, it will follow the issuance of the schedule for the electoral process, involving the parliament and provincial legislatures."

Separately, the National Assembly is likely to elect the new prime minister on February 28 or 29 which is to be followed by the oath-taking ceremony on February 29 or March 1.