Raja Pervez Ashraf, born December 26, 1950 in Sanghar, Sindh, after completing a bachelors degree from University of Sindh in 1970, his professional occupation has been that of business and agriculture. after that, he joined the center-left PPP, and made Gujar Khan his new home.
According to the Washington Post, the choice of Ashraf "seemed to guarantee continued political turmoil".
It said he is "associated with a persistent energy crisis that has crippled the country with blackouts, water shortages and steep increases in the price of fuel". Ashraf, as energy minister 2008-2011, was also mired in a corruption scandal involving private leases of power plants, the Post said.
Dawn News said he was accused of receiving kickbacks in a power project and is currently defending himself in the Supreme Court.
The apex court declared Ashraf involved in the power project scam and revoked his power as the minister for water and power. However, when the federal cabinet was expanded, Ashraf was given the ministry of information and technology.
He has also been accused of buying property abroad with illegal money.
Ashraf, once water and power minister, already faces anger over the country's electricity woes; he's also been accused of corruption. Opposition officials claim he scored kickbacks from private energy initiatives, and he was questioned by investigators in April. Ashraf isn't likely to win reelection, experts say—and that may be precisely why the Pakistan People's Party chose him. If he becomes PM, the high court will likely demand he open a corruption investigation into President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani's ouster followed his refusal to do so; if Ashraf were similarly "disqualified," it would mark only a minor political setback for the party, analysts say.
Zardari will now control and run the country through his stooge PM. Its now a presidential form of government, democratic dictatorship.
ONLY IMRAN KHAN CAN DEAL WITH THIS CORRUPT POLITICAL MAFIA ....
Profile: Raja Pervez Ashraf
Raja Pervez Ashraf
- Born in 1950, Raja Pervez Ashraf comes from a land-owning political family with strong connections to Sindh province
- He has been active in national politics since 1988 but lost repeated parliamentary elections until the 2002 and 2008 polls
- Since 2008 he has served as both water and power minister and information technology minister
- But his time as water and power minister was dogged by power cuts and controversy over a power generation scheme
- He denies charges of kickbacks but investigations are ongoing