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What does the change in Punjab really entail?

30 2 13


Punjab is not just the largest province of Pakistan. Its population is greater than the population of the other three provinces put together. It has the highest GDP and the bulk of the country’s armed forces – the most powerful institution of the nuclear state – also comes from the province. Any political change in the province reflects on the entire national political scene in Pakistan.

Lately, with the installation of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as the new Chief Minister (CM) of the province, politics in the country is bracing for a major shift. Although Elahi’s party - PML-Q – has only 10 members in the 371-member provincial assembly, he is the joint nominee of PML-Q and PTI which together command the majority in the assembly.

Elahi is the most significant factor of the change which just occurred in Punjab. He is probably one of the most experienced politicians and political administrators in the country. He started his career from elections as a local government official and worked his way up through the provincial and national assemblies reaching the position of Deputy Prime Minister. He served as Speaker of the Punjab Assembly from 1997 to 2001 and later as one of the most powerful Chief Ministers of the province from 2002........

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