Pakistan

Khawaja Asif may becomes Pak's interim PM

July 23, 2017 02:50 PM
Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif

Islamabad: Pakistan's defence minister Khawaja Asif emerged on Saturday as the “most potential candidate“ to replace beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he is disqualified by the Supreme Court for alleged graft and money laundering in the sensitive Panama Papers case. 

During a high-level meeting, it was decided that one of the three PML-N leaders could be made premier for 45 days.The other two candidates shortlisted are National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Since Kalsoom or Shahbaz are not members of the National Assembly -the lower house -they cannot succeed him immediately and would have to contest elections and win a seat. Asif is considered very close to PM Sharif.

Asif is most likely to become the interim PM for 45 days till 67-year-old Sharif 's wife Kalsoom or the PM's younger brother Shahbaz is elected on a National Assembly seat to lead the government for the remaining term, according to a top PML-N leader. He said it was discussed during back-to-back consultative meetings held by Sharif with his legal team and close aides after the apex court reserved its verdict on Friday .

Pak Prime Minister Nawaz sharif

During a high-level meeting, it was decided that one of the three PML-N leaders could be made premier for 45 days.The other two candidates shortlisted are National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Since Kalsoom or Shahbaz are not members of the National Assembly -the lower house -they cannot succeed him immediately and would have to contest elections and win a seat. Asif is considered very close to PM Sharif.

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