ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif will succeed Nawaz Sharif as the next prime minister of Pakistan, sources told ARY News on Friday.
According to ARY News correspondent Azhar Farooq, a party session headed by Nawaz Sharif decided that the party will complete it’s five year term in power while Nawaz suggested that his brother and current CM Punjab should be nominated as the next prime minister.
Some of the party leaders have also voiced their concerns over nominating Shahbaz as PM as the party will then have to look for his replacement as CM Punjab.
On the other hand, sources say that a suggestion to nominate the former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz as PM is also under consideration.
Reports suggest that if the party approves, Kulsoom Nawaz will be elected on reserved seats for women and then be made PM otherwise Defence Minister Khawaja Asif or NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq will be made interim-PM till the election of Shahbaz to the National Assembly.
PML-N’s parliamentary party will meet on Saturday to arrive upon a final decision in this regard.
A five-judge Supreme Court bench today disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a unanimous verdict in the Panamagate case, thus cutting short his third stint in power.
Soon after the SC judgement, the PM House issued a terse statement saying that Nawaz Sharif, despite having reservations on the SC’s verdict, has stepped down from his post as the premier.
Hours after the judgement, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified Nawaz Sharif as member of National Assembly from constituency NA-120, Lahore.