Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will become the new premier of Pakistan, according to ANI. To become the Prime Minister, Shahbaz would have to first resign from his present position as Punjab chief minister. He would then have to contest on a National Assembly seat to get elected. It would take around two months for the completion of the entire process.
Nawaz Sharif had stepped down as Prime Minister of Pakistan today after being disqualified from office by the Supreme Court which sent his case to an anti-corruption court for trial in the Panamagate graft scandal.
In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court ordered that a case be registered against Sharif and ruled that a reference be sent against him and his family to an accountability court. In the judgment, the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz from holding his office. According to Pakistan’s Dawn.com, the judges ruled that Nawaz was "dishonest to Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit for his office.”
In May, the Supreme Court set up a six-member joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the charges against Sharif and his family. The JIT submitted its report to the court on July 10.
The elder Sharif met senior party leaders after being disqualified by the Supreme Court for "dishonesty" in the Panama Papers trial case. The removal of Sharif, who was serving his third term in office, comes roughly a year before his term was to end. The name of Shehbaz Sharif was announced during a high-level Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) meeting.
Shehbaz is currently chief minister of powerful Punjab province the Sharif family stronghold.The younger brother is not a member of the National Assembly or Senate, and will have to get elected to the Senate to be Prime Minister.
The party will have to propose a name for interim Prime Minister until Shehbaz Sharif gets elected to the Parliament. A name has not been announced for the interim prime minister, who will fill the 45 day vacuum until Shehbaz Sharif is elected to a National Assembly seat.
This is the third time that Sharif has fallen short of completing a five-year term. In fact, no civilian prime minister of Pakistan has had a complete five-year term.