Leader of the Opposition (Pakistan)

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For the Leader of the Opposition in other parliamentary systems, see Leader of the Opposition.

The Leader of the Opposition (Urdu: قائد حزب اختلاف), is the people's elected politician who, by law, is the leader of the Official Opposition in Pakistan. The current and incumbent Leader of the Opposition is Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians — a party representing PPP. The Leader of the Opposition also leads the Official Opposition to National Assembly of Pakistan, a lower house of Pakistan Parliament. The Leader of the Opposition is normally the leader of the largest party not within the government which is usually the second largest political party in the National Assembly. In established democracies he or she is normally viewed as an alternative Prime Minister. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, who is elected / nominated separetly.

A list of the leaders of the Opposition before and according to the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan;

Numerical list Leaders of the Opposition Starting term Ending term Political affiliation Political ideology
A Fatima Jinnah 1 January 1960 9 July 1967 Independent Pan-Islamism, Pakistani nationalism
B Nurul Amin 9 July 1967 7 December 1970 Pakistan Muslim League Pakistani nationalism
1 Khan Abdul Wali Khan 14 April 1972 17 August 1975 National Awami Party Democratic socialism
2 Sherbaz Khan Mazari 17 August 1975 5 July 1977 Pakistan National Alliance Secularism
3 Fakhar Imam 24 March 1985 29 May 1988 Pakistan Muslim League National conservatism
(1) Khan Abdul Wali Khan 2 December 1988 6 August 1990 National Awami Party Democratic socialism
4 Benazir Bhutto 6 November 1990 18 April 1993 Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism
5 Nawaz Sharif 19 October 1993 5 November 1996 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Western conservatism
(4) Benazir Bhutto 6 November 1996 18 April 1999 Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism
6 Fazal-ur-Rehman 20 August 2004 25 March 2008 United Council of Action Religious conservatism
7 Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi 25 March 2008 17 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Conservatism
8 Nisar Ali Khan 17 September 2008 7 June 2013 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Western conservatism
9 Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah 7 June 2013 Incumbent Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism

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