Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Declared As Interim Pak PM


Islamabad: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has selected Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be the interim prime minister of the country, Times Now reported.

According to Times Now, the decision was made by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an informal consultative meeting of the party.

“Abbasi would serve as the chief executive of Pakistan for 45 days. In the meantime, Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif would contest elections to make his way into the country’s National Assembly.

Earlier, it was reported that most PML-N leaders and members of Sharif family agreed on former defence minister Khawaja Muhamamd Asif’s name as the interim prime minister.

Yesterday, Nawaz Sharif resigned from the post of Pakistan prime minister following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.

The ruling came after a probe into his family’s wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Sharif’s children to offshore companies. The five judges reached a unanimous verdict in the Islamabad court, which was filled to capacity. “Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has divested himself of his responsibility as prime minister,” a spokesman for Sharif’s office said in a statement.