Lahore: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will field senior leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for the election of the new premier in Parliament on June 5.

However, the PPP's move will not affect Sharif as the PML-N has a majority in the 342-member Lower House of the Parliament.

PML-N leaders said Sharif's election for an unprecedented third term as premier will be a mere formality. The PPP had earlier indicated that it might vote for Sharif in order to continue its policy of reconciliation with other political parties.

When the PPP emerged the single largest party in the 2008 polls, its prime ministerial candidate, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was elected unopposed in the National Assembly.

PPP secretary general Sardar Latif Khosa said, "My party is the second largest party with 38 seats in the National Assembly and it is not going to be subservient to any other party."

The Tehrik-e-Insaf, the third largest party in Parliament with 31 seats, has fielded Javed Hashmi for the slot of premier.


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