Islamabad: Shehbaz Sharif, the Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister has been announced to be the next prime minister of Pakistan and former Petroleum Minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been elected to be interim Prime Minister, as per Pakistani media.
The decision was taken in a meeting in two separate meetings, one informal and the other involving the PML-N’s parliamentary committee. The meetings were attended by close aides of Nawaz Sharif, including Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, Saad Rafique, Rana Tanveer, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Shahbaz Sharif along with other members of the PML-N’s leadership.
As per media reports, Nawaz reportedly met senior PML-N leaders after the Supreme Court verdict was announced against him in Panama Papers lead case and recommended Shehbaz as his replacement.
Abbasi will run the government as an interim Prime Minister until Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shehbaz takes over as a member of parliament, Pak media said.
As per Dawn report, Shehbaz is likely to seek election to the National Assembly from Nawaz Sharif’s vacated seat, which was a PML-N stronghold. Shehbaz will have to forego his seat in the Punjab Assembly, and a new Chief Minister of the province will need to be chosen.
The development comes days after the Pakistan’s Supreme Court unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the Prime Minister’s office after a damning corruption investigation into his family wealth.
The top court ordered that criminal cases be opened against Sharif and his family.
After the court’s verdict, Sharif resigned from his post.
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