Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League (N) has nominated the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for the premiership after disqualification of his brother Nawaz Sharif on Friday.
In a parliamentary meeting of PMLN held at Punjab House Islamabad, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif also announced that Mr Shahid Khakan Abbasi will be the interim Prime Minister untill Shahbaz Sharif contests election for National Assembly seat.
“If you support anyone after me, I ask you to support Shehbaz Sharif,” said Nawaz during the PML-N parliamentary party meeting held at the Punjab House on Saturday.
Shahbaz Sharif has controlled Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous and prosperous province — for much of the last decade, presiding over a series of big ticket infrastructure projects, including Pakistan’s first metro bus service. PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique called him an exemplary chief minister and praised his services for the development of Punjab.
Abbasi, 58, is a staunch Sharif loyalist and had been the petroleum minister in his cabinet until Friday, when Sharif resigned after the Supreme Court disqualified him following a corruption probe.
Speaking to reporters, interim PM-designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the decision came from party leadership, adding that he would try to put Pakistan’s economy back on track.
During the meeting, it was announced that the PML-N would file a review petition on the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.