President Asif Ali Zardari is not resigning any time soon and he will complete the constitutional term of his office, said his spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar on Friday, dispelling rumours that Zardari was planning to resign following his party’s crushing defeat in the general election. According to Babar, there is no question of a resignation. Despite suffering a historic defeat at the Centre and in three provinces, the PPP has surprised many by retaining its earlier position in Sindh by again winning a simple majority here. The party bagged 67 seats in the province, according to unofficial results of the 2013 elections. The PPP had secured 68 seats in Sindh in the 2008 elections and many analysts and politicians expected that the party will lose its mandate in the province owing to unpopular policies it pursued during its reign.
The incoming government of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is in the process of finalising a list of its cabinet members as well as various other portfolios. Nawaz Sharif has officially designated Senator Ishaq Dar as the federal finance minister and Sartaj Aziz as the adviser to the prime minister on economy and foreign affairs. The Sharif brothers are dealing with various lobbies within the party to decide who gets which cabinet slot.