Brother Shehbaz To Succeed Nawaz Sharif As Prime Minister, Says Pakistani Media

| July 28 , 2017 , 20:10 IST

As the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif resigns from office after Pakistani Supreme Court unanimously disqualified him from his post for life, one name has made it into the news as the next potential Prime Minister of the country, Shehbaz Sharif.

Chief Minister of Punjab and the brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif is expected to replace brother Nawaz at the head of the government.

The Pakistani Media has reported that elder Sharif met senior party leaders after being disqualified by the Supreme Court for "dishonesty" in the Panama Papers trial case.

The name of Shehbaz Sharif was announced during a high-level PML-N meeting.

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The younger brother is not a member of the National Assembly or Senate, and will have to get elected to the Senate to be Prime Minister. 

The party will have to propose a name for interim Prime Minister, to fill the 45-day vacuum until Shehbaz Sharif gets elected to the Parliament.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif will most likely become interim Prime Minister.

According to reports, either Hamaz Shehbaz Sharif, the son of Shehbaz, or Rana Sanaullah, Punjab province's Law Minister, will replace Shehbaz Sharif as the Punjab Chief Minister.

It was also decided during the meeting that the party will utilise all legal and constitutional options available to counter the apex court's verdict.

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On Friday morning, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, hearing a case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified him from the top position after the revelation of the investigative panel’s report that found his family's wealth far above their earnings, even according to the Panama Papers.