Sharif to chair party meeting to choose prime ministerial successor

A day after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court for his connections to the Panama Papers scandal, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a party meeting to decide his successor for the vacant position.

According to reports, Nawaz Sharif had proposed his brother Shehbaz’s name as his successor. While there were no objections to the proposal, Shehbaz cannot legally take office as he is not an elected member of parliament and would need to be elected first.

In this situation, an interim prime minister will be appointed by the Pakistan Muslim League from amongst the party members. The interim PM will be expected to resign once Shehbaz is elected to parliament.

The people considered to be appointed as interim PM include former defence minister Khawaja Asif, former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former planning minister Ahsan Iqbal and speak national assembly Ayaz Sadiq.


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