ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) finalized the name of MNA-elect Asad Qaiser as the party’s nominee for the position of National Assembly speaker. It also announced Senator Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar as the party’s nominee for Punjab governor slot.
The announcement was made by PTI’s vice president Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a presser after a party meeting.
Sarwar has held the post of Punjab governor in the past, whereas Qaiser was previously elected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly speaker.
Asad Qaisar is a former educationist and served as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly speaker
Hailing from Swabi District of the KP, Qaiser was an educationist prior to entering politics. He started his political career with the Jamaat-i-Islami but teamed up with Khan when he launched his new political party in 1996.
Qaiser worked his way up the party ranks and was made the provincial president in 2008. He became a member of the KP assembly for the first time in 2013.
Back then, he was reportedly also in the running for the KP chief minister’s job, but the role was eventually landed by Pervez Khattak.
Qaiser was then elected the provincial assembly’s speaker — a position he held for the entirety of the previous PTI government in KP.
Chaudhry Sarwar is a former member of the British parliament
Senator Chaudhry Sarwar is a former member of the British parliament, who swapped his overseas political career to do the same in the country of his birth.
Although born and raised in Pakistan, Sarwar moved to Scotland in the 70s and, after a successful business career, joined local politics there.
In 1997, he was elected as MP for Glasgow Govan — a feat he would repeat in future.
In 2013, however, Sarwar left British politics to serve the old country, and joined the PML-N. The same year, following his party’s electoral victory, he was made the Governor Punjab.
As the governor, Sarwar clashed with his own party’s government and eventually left it to join the PTI.