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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi succeeded Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Aug 2, 2017 17:41 IST

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the loyal supporter of Ex-Prime Minister of pakistan Nawaz Sharif, replaced Nawaz as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The lower house of parliament has elected him the new Prime Minister of pakistan.

The name of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was announced during a high-level PML-N meeting. The PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) holds the majority in the lower house of parliament.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received total 221 votes out of 343-member parliament.

The decision came following Nawaz Sharif’s resignation as Prime Minister of the country on 28 July 2017. He resigned following a decision by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office on corruption charges.

Since Nawaz Sharif brother Shehbaz is not a member of the National Assembly or Senate, and in order to be appointed as the Prime Minister of the country, he will have to get elected to the Senate. Therefore, the PML-N wants him to be in office only for the 45 days and work as an Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan till the time Shehbaz become a member of Parliament.

To fill the 45 day vacuum until Shehbaz Sharif gets elected to the Parliament, the party proposed his a name for interim Prime Minister,.

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Resignation of Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif resigned from Pakistan’s PM post after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him in the Panama Papers case. It was the third time that Nawaz was unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office.

In a landmark judgment, a five Judge bench of Pakistan Supreme Court unanimously ruled to register a case against Nawaz and his family guilty of money laundering.

As per the Supreme Court ruling, Nawaz had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts, in not disclosing his employment in a Dubai-based company in his 2013 nomination papers; therefore, he could not be deemed fit for his office.

The SC ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference in an accountability court in six weeks and the case must be completed within six months. It also directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue a notification declaring the Nawaz’s disqualification.

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