Shehbaz Sharif named Pakistan's new prime minister

Shehbaz Sharif named Pakistan's new prime minister

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has named his younger brother Shahbaz to replace him as the country's leader, after having been removed from office by the Supreme Court a day earlier for lying on a wealth declaration.

It is to be mentioned here that Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on July 28 (Friday) from holding public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its final judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is set to succeed his brother Nawaz Sharif as the Pakistan prime minister, may nominate his son Hamza Shahbaz as the new head of the second largest province of the country, according to a media report.

Speculation is rife, however, that Nawaz has suggested his brother and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif be the party's contender for the post. But Mr Nawaz Sharif is said to have shown little interest in the suggestion, neither agreeing nor disagreeing to it.

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Political uncertainty in Pakistan triggered by the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be advantageous to its military which may now back terrorism against India more aggressively, foreign policy experts said today. He said history would now decide whether the court's decision was good for Pakistan.

"The nomination of Shahbaz Sharif as the next prime minister won't bring political stability, it will strengthen the culture of dynastic politics", political analyst Abid Hassan told AFP.

"I do not think there will be any significant change in the political situation", she said and pointed out that Shahbaz has a long political experience and he could overcome the current crisis.

Abbasi, a close confidant of Nawaz Sharif, was elected as a National Assembly member in the 2013 general elections from famous tourist destination Murree, near capital Islamabad.

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"Instead, the one that now holds sway in the application of disqualification criteria for elected officials is staggeringly wide and could become the source of chaos in the parliamentary realm", it said.

The process to appoint a new PM started yesterday when Sharif chaired the PML-N meeting and proposed the name of Shehbaz and none of the participants raised any objection. Most civilian prime ministers in Pakistan have never completed their constitutional term.

The PTI had meant to celebrate the ousting of the former prime minster at a rally in Pakistan capital Islamabad. It was unclear who will be appointed to take over the post till the next general elections, scheduled for 2018. He faced charges along with Sharif following the 1999 bloodless coup by Gen. Pervez Musharraf who overthrew Sharif.

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