dglobalnews.com Shehbaz Sharif to succeed Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan
Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Shehbaz Sharif to succeed Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shehbaz Sharif to succeed Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Considered highly intelligent and a long-time loyalist of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister who was ousted by the Supreme Court on Friday, the 58-year-old Abbasi will act as a placeholder for the Sharif dynasty.

Pakistan is likely to get a new prime minister on Saturday when Nawaz Sharif, disqualified from holding the post over the Panama Papers case, picks a successor.

They regretted that Nawaz Sharif was deprived of his right to clarification under article 10A of the Constitution, adding that reservations of Sharif family about the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which probed the Panama papers case, were proved correct.

Earlier, Raja Zafarul Haq, a senior leader from Sharif's party, said Pakistan would continue without a prime minister until the National Assembly elects a new one.

Sharif, according to sources, has recommended his brother as the replacement.

According to party sources, it was a hard decision to bring Shehbaz to Islamabad as it may create political vacuum in Punjab, which PML-N can not afford ahead of next year elections.

New elections would be held in Nawaz Sharif's former constituency which is based in the PML-N powerbase of the Punjab process which could take up to 45 days. He was sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab on February 20, 1997, after being elected to the Assembly for the third time.

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Sharif has moved out of the sprawling Prime Minister House's in the heart of Islamabad and into the nearby Punjab House.

The court's verdict was shocking for the PML-N as the court has not only disqualified its popular leader and also caused a huge embarrassment for the party.

The quick handover looks to ease political upheaval sparked by the Supreme Court's decision on Friday to disqualify Sharif for concealing his assets. The disqualification, she claimed, wouldn't deter her father from staging a comeback. "Insha'Allah. Stop him, if you can!" Sharif's political opponents had been alleging for years that the properties had been obtained through ill-gotten gains made during Sharif's previous two terms in power in the 1990s.

The apex court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks, directing for the trial to be concluded within six months.

The armed forces - which is Pakistan's most powerful and organized institution - has orchestrated coups in the past and controls the nuclear-armed nation's foreign policy.

The decision sent his political opposition into the streets handing out candies and beating drums in celebration.

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