Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Shahbaz Sharif Name Proposed for Prime Minister in Pakistan


Shahbaz SharifThe name of Shahbaz Sharif has been forwarded for Prime Minister Ship for 2018. This decision is based on the notion that if Nawaz Sharif remains ineligible to run in 2018 elections.

The meeting held in London was headed by Nawaz Sharif and attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal.

A survey published by Urdu daily also selected Shahbaz Sharif as the best candidate for prime ministerial position in Pakistan. 60% people choose him as the future leader of Pakistan.

It was informed by senior PML-N leader that this decision has been taken keeping in view the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case.

The PML-N official, considered close to the Punjab chief minister, said Shahbaz Sharif had always been the party’s candidate for the office of prime minister after his brother’s ouster.

He further stated that previously the name of Shahbaz Sharif was taken back because many candidates showed inclination for Punjab’s chief executive position.

The PML-N official further explained it that at least three members of the Punjab cabinet were among the claimants and appointing anyone of them or any “junior” to the office could have created a rift in the party. The party needed unity instead of conflict thus the decision was reversed.

Furthermore, after the London meeting Nawaz Sharif stated that there is no “Minus-one” formula. It means PML-N is not going to go without taking Mr. Sharif on board. Others members of the meeting shared the same view. Moreover, it was claimed that there are no rifts within the party.

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- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.