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Raja Pervaiz Ashraf; b. 26 December 1950, is a businessman, politician and statesman who served as the 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 22 June 2012 until completing his designated term on 16 March 2013. Prior to be elevated as Prime minister, he previously served as the Minister for Water and Power in the Yousaf Raza Gillani-led governmentfrom March 2008 to February 2011. A senior-ranking leader in the Pakistan Peoples Party from Rawalpindi District, Ashraf assumed premiership on 22 June 2012 after Yousaf Raza Gillani was disqualified over contempt of court charges. Shortlisted by the PPP as a candidate for the post, he was eventually elected based on a 211–89 vote in the National Assembly. Tackling the corruption scandals, his one of the major achievements during his premiership was his interest to develop and implement hydro projects in particular Neelum-Jhelum project of 970 MW. The project had received a big jolt when the Chinese Exim Bank refused to release $448 million loan linking it to the restoration of the Safe City Project in Islamabad which has been stopped by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. During his tenure WAPDA had launched a number of mega and medium-sized projects in Gilgit-Baltistan (via Freebase)