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Ex-Min Abbasi to be interim Pakistan PM

30 Julio 2017, 11:27 | Bibiana Flor

Ex-Min Abbasi to be interim Pakistan PM

Ex-Min Abbasi to be interim Pakistan PM

Former President Pervez Musharraf has termed Supreme Court's verdict disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as "great" and "pleasant for Pakistanis".

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] resigned from office [LA Times report] on Friday after the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] issued a unanimous ruling [order, PDF], earlier the same day, disqualifying him from office. "Such a harsh interpretation could be a boon - if it is applied evenly and transparently", the paper wrote. The court termed the salary which was not paid to Sharif as an "asset".

Shehbaz will have to win a seat in the National Assembly within the next 45 days to be elected as the prime minister of Pakistan following Nawaz's ouster.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Election Commission confirmed that a new vote would be held in Nawaz Sharif's electoral constituency.


Punjab Minister for Excise and Taxation Mujhtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman is likely to be elected as chief minister of Punjab after the incumbent CM, Shehbaz Sharif, steps down to replace his toppled brother, Nawaz Sharif, as prime minister, party sources have revealed.

Asif has been a harsh critic of Pakistan's powerful military and its propensity to involve itself in the country's civilian affair. "PMLN revolves around Nawaz Sharif and only he can keep it intact".

According to party sources, Sharif was conscious that bringing Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz to Islamabad may create political vacuum in the crucial state, which PML-N can not afford ahead of next year elections.

The ruling party named Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz as his successor over the weekend, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by Sharif. "Another elected Prime Minister has been sent home", tweeted his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif.


The judges disqualified Sharif after considering the report of a six-member investigation team, which was formed in April to look into the scandal. The expert also said the Panama Papers case was "more about his family" than Sharif himself.

The ruling PML-N party has vowed a smooth transfer of power after Sharif's removal.

Abbasi is a stalwart in Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party.

A formal announcement on the matter is yet to be made by the party.


Celebrating the Supreme Court verdict of ousting Sharif from premiership, Khan said Sunday in Islamabad that the court verdict has given the nation hope and "laid the foundation for a new Pakistan".



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