In a move which surprised all, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Shah Mehmood Qureshi refused to shake hands or hug the prime minister-elect Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after he was voted to lead the house on Tuesday, ARY News reported.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) nominee, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected as the prime minister of the country.
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He secured 221 votes against Pakistan Peoples Party’s Naveed Qamar’s 47 and Sheikh Rashid’s 33. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah managed to secure only four votes.
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As the speaker announced the successful election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as PM, a large number of lawmakers from opposition and government benches congratulated him but despite his effort (pulling Qureshi by his kurta), the PTI leader refused to shake hands with him or hug him like other legislators.
Talking to a private news channel, Qureshi explained that he has nothing personal against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi but he opted out of congratulating him because of the (the people) he was representing.
“I just didn’t want to shake hands with the thought I stand against,” said Qureshi.