Leader of the Opposition (Pakistan)

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Leader of the Opposition of Pakistan
Mian Shehbaz Sharif.JPG
Incumbent
Shahbaz Sharif

since 20 August 2018
StyleThe Honorable (formal)
Leader of the Opposition (spoken)
Member ofNational Assembly of Pakistan
Reports toParliament of Pakistan
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest political party not in government
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Pakistan
Formation7 July 1955, 63 years ago
First holderHuseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

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 Leader of the Opposition also leads the Official Opposition to the National Assembly of Pakistan, the lower house of Parliament of Pakistan. 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 separately by the opposition members of the Senate of Pakistan. The current Leader of the Opposition is Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) following the 2018 Pakistani general election in which Imran Khan was successful in forming a coalition government.

National Assembly[edit]

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

Leaders of the Opposition Starting term Ending term Political affiliation Political ideology
A Fatima Jinnah Fatima jinnah1.jpg 1 January 1960 9 July 1967 Independent Pan-Islamism, Pakistani nationalism
B Nurul Amin Nurul Amin.jpg 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 Benazir bhutto 1988 cropped.jpg 6 November 1990 18 July 1993 Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism
5 Nawaz Sharif PrimeMinisterNawazSharif.jpg 19 October 1993 5 November 1996 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Western conservatism
(4) Benazir Bhutto Benazir bhutto 1988 cropped.jpg 17 February 1997 12 October 1999 Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism
6 Fazal-ur-Rehman Fazl-ur-Rehman (30287690872) (cropped).jpg 25 March 2004 15 November 2007 United Council of Action Religious conservatism
7 Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi 10 April 2008 16 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Conservatism
8 Nisar Ali Khan Nisar Ali Khan 1.jpeg 17 September 2008 7 June 2013 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Western conservatism
9 Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah 7 June 2013 31 May 2018 Pakistan Peoples Party Democratic socialism
10 Shehbaz Sharif CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif (35771007583).jpg 20 August 2018 Incumbent Pakistan Muslim League (N) Western conservatism

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