Prime Minister Candidates in Pakistan

Makhdoom Shahabuddin
-currently serves as textile industry minister for ruling party
-previously considered for foreign minister
-faces arrest for his alleged involvement as health minister illegally importing the drug ephedrine
-belongs to a well-known religious family that is the custodian of the Sufi Muslim saint Shah Rukn-e-Alam's mausoleum

Raja Pervez Ashraf
-current lawmaker for ruling party
-previously served as water and power minister
-has cases pending against him in the Supreme Court and is among those named in a rental power plant case

Qamar Zaman Kaira
-served as the most recent information minister for ruling party
-previously served as governor of Gilgit-Baltistan

Mehtab Abbasi
-member of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League party aligned with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Maulana Fazlur Rehman
-head of the opposition Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party