Pakistan’s Interim Leader Says He’s No ‘Bench Warmer’

Aug 02, 2017| Courtesy by :

Pakistan’s interim prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, leaving Parliament in Islamabad on Monday.CreditAnjum Naveed/Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The interim prime minister of Pakistan, picked to temporarily replace his corruption-scarred predecessor, said Tuesday that he had no choice but to take the job but that he was no “bench warmer.”

In an interview with The New York Times an hour before being formally approved by Parliament, the interim prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi — the petroleum minister who is a longtime politician, airline owner and skydiving buff — also vowed to fix what he described as political abnormalities between the executive, judicial and military branches that had felled previous governments.

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