Shahbaz Sharif elected un-opposed acting President of PML-N

Michele Moreno
March 2, 2018

Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of for Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is now the leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, bringing him one step closer to taking over his brother's former position.

Nawaz was removed from his position in PML-N after Supreme Court announced its verdict on petitions challenging the Elections Act, 2017 ruling that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 can not serve as the head of a political party.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former Prime Minister's daughter Maryam Nawaz and the Punjab Chief Minister's son Hamza Shehbaz were also present during the meeting.

In another tweet, Maryam Nawaz informed as to how PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq, PM Abbasi and Shehbaz Sharif's proposal to name Nawaz "Quaid for life" elicited a resounding approval.

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.

Nawaz, a three-time premier, was elevated to post of "Quaid (leader) for life" of the PML-N. Shehbaz, who has a formidable reputation as an administrator but is considered less charismatic than Nawaz, is expected to be the party's prime ministerial candidate. Sharif criticized his disqualification by terming it a conspiracy against him. "I will try my best to come up to the expectations of my party after assuming this responsibility", he said. Though attempts are already being made to target Mian Shahbaz Sharif as he is seen as the strongman of the party and that is why sudden activation of NAB in Punjab and arrest of his close aides to cause maximum harm to the party ahead of general election.

Keeping this technical issue in mind, the PML-N's information secretary said that only those CWC members who were elected before the July 28 decision had been called for Tuesday's meeting.

After his disqualification as prime minister, the ruling PML-N amended the Constitution to allow him to retain his chairmanship of the party.

When the Supreme Court ruled against Sharif and ordered his removal from the post of party leader, the verdict also barred Sharif's chosen candidates from contesting next week's senate elections under the party banner.

Last week, the Supreme Court had ruled that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution can not serve as head of a political party.

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