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Shehbaz Sharif likely to be acting PML-N chief

01 March 2018

The meeting was attended by former premier Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other senior leaders of the ruling party. As the NAB cases against Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are proceeding at a fast pace and in case of adverse judgement, the party would have faced serious crisis.

PML-N chairman Raja Zafarul Haq will preside over the CWC meeting which will be held at the Sharif family's Model Town residence.

Interestingly, the SC ruling had rendered all decisions Nawaz Sharif had taken in the capacity of the party chief as null and void.

"However, the CWC will hold deliberations before electing the proposed member for the top party post", he said, adding that the CWC might also propose a candidate for the post of PML-N's Punjab president, if the younger Mr Sharif becomes the party head.

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Nawaz was disqualified as the prime minister by the apex court in the Panama Papers case in July previous year under Article 62 for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset. Sharif and party officials have painted the Supreme Court verdicts as judicial overreach and a political conspiracy, insinuating that elements of Pakistan's powerful military establishment are working against the party because Sharif challenged their power.

As a effect, all nominees by PML (N) for the upcoming March 3 Senate elections were declared as independents.

Responding to a question, she said that the party will secure majority in the upcoming Senate elections.

"It was hence decided that Shehbaz Sharif would be appointed as acting party president and Nawaz Sharif would give his younger brother certain tasks to test his mettle", the party leader said.

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Shahbaz Sharif has been elected for the interim period of 45 days until the general council meeting takes place next month to elect the full-time president.

Kaira's statement has come at a time when reports have surfaced of Shehbaz being made the president of PML-N, following the disqualification of Nawaz as the party head. Afterwards, the party's general council is required to elect the president within 45 days.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PML-N will announce the name of its new party president tomorrow, state-run Radio Pakistan quoted her as saying.

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Shehbaz Sharif likely to be acting PML-N chief