Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be nominated as interim Pakistan PM, say reports

Shahbaz, however, cannot immediately replace Nawaz Sharif since he isn't a member of the Parliament. In order for him to be elected as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, he will have to first get elected. In the meantime, an interim prime minister will have to be chosen who will eventually resign once Shehbaz becomes eligible for the post.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2017 6:19 pm
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan PM, New pakistan PM, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi , Shahbaz Sharif, Panama papers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will likely be the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan. Shortly after Nawaz Sharif’s exit, the ruling party PML-N proposed his younger brother Shehbaz for the role of the prime minister. Shahbaz, however, cannot immediately replace Nawaz Sharif since he isn’t a member of the Parliament.

Just a day after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court from the Prime Minister post, Shahid Khawan Abbasi will likely serve as the interim prime minister for 45 days till Nawaz’s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif takes over as his eventual successor, reported Pakistan daily Dawn. Shortly after Nawaz Sharif’s exit, the ruling party PML-N proposed his younger brother Shehbaz for the role of the prime minister. Shahbaz, however, cannot immediately replace Nawaz Sharif since he isn’t a member of the Parliament. In order for him to be elected as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, he will have to first get elected. In the meantime, an interim prime minister will have to be chosen who will eventually resign once Shehbaz becomes eligible for the post.

Shahbaz’s eventual election as the Prime Minister seems to be a foregone conclusion as the ruling party (PML-N) holds a big majority in Parliament. The Supreme Court court on Friday disqualified Sharif and also ruled that graft cases be filed against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. Senior Pakistan Muslim League leader and former railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique while speaking to media said the party will be holding a meeting on Saturday to discuss on candidates appropriate for the post of prime minister, party’s new president and members of the Cabinet. He was quoted by PTI as saying: “Different options were discussed in a similar meeting yesterday but no decision was taken.” Also Read: Panama Papers: Nawaz Sharif’s children’s offshore firms own 6 homes in London

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that the ruling party has decided to appoint Shahbaz Sharif as Prime Minister in an informal meeting which went on for three hours. Abbasi, who is a former petroleum minister, will be appointed as interim prime minister until Shahbaz is elected as member of parliament, the report said. Also Read: Scanning Pakistani newspaper front pages on Nawaz Sharif’s ouster as PM

The final outcome will be announced by Nawaz Sharif in the formal parliamentary party meeting of PML-N which is taking place in Islamabad a day after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

During former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf’s time, politician Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was appointed as an interim prime minister until Shaukat Aziz, who was nominated by Musharraf, got elected by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PMLQ).

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      Jul 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm
      No change one brother is out the other shall be soon in. Small Pakistan has a color problem. Most Pakistanis are Punjabis as is known majority of the Punjabis are money-minded (similar to the Jews, thus the Jews like them) and are often short and on the darker shade. Thus the Punjabi feels inferior to the tall and light Kashmiri. Nawaz and his Kashmiri gang are in firm control. Even the wife of Nawaz is a Kashmiri the g daughter of the great wrestler Gama. The Butt gang is in control thus Pakistan remains extremely feudal.
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      1. Gopal Sriniwasan
        Jul 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm
        Sharief can become the Chairman PML(N) and remote the Governance of the Country.Being free from the Pressures of the political office a Wounded Sharief can be like a Tiger, the Hunted becomes the Hunter
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          Shafted mohammed
          Jul 29, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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          1. Paddy Singh
            Jul 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm
            In India we had Lulu making his wife CM and then she sought to be elected. Pakistan is one up on India politically. There is no way a POM could be investigated like Nawaz Sgariff was
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