By Mushtaq A. Subhani
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has assumed the charge as chief minister of the country’s largest province Punjab for the second time in his 39-year political career.
Earlier, he served the province as its CM from November 29, 2002 to November 18, 2007, for four years and 354 days.
He is the 17th person to discharge duties as the chief minister of Punjab.
He has now become the provincial chief executive after a long gap of 14 years and 250 days.
Ch Pervaiz Elahi is the fifth politician to become the Punjab CM for more than one time. Earlier, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother Mian Shehbaz Sharif ruled the province for three times while Nawab Sadiq Hussain Qureshi and Pervaiz Elahi earned this position twice.
Shehbaz Sharif served as CM Punjab for the longest time with three tenures, which make over 12 years.
Sardar Dost Mohammad Khan Khosa has had the shortest period — 58 days — as the CM.
The first ever chief minister of Punjab after the emergence of Pakistan was Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Mamdot who served from August 15, 1947 to January 25, 1949 before Governor’s rule was imposed in the province which continued upto April 5, 1951.