New Delhi, July 28: Shehbaz Sharif is set to be appointed as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, following ousting of Nawaz Sharif, reports said. Shehbaz is currently serving as the Chief Minister of Punjab and the decision to elevate him was taken at a PML-N consultative session, presided over by Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan media claimed.
As per reports, although he has been chosen to be the Prime Minister, he can take over Nawaz Sharif, only after duly being elected to the National Assembly. According to Geo News, an interim premier would not be announced as Nawaz would be serving a 45-day notice period, before he vacates the Office.
All You Need to Know about Shehbaz Sharif
- Shehbaz Sharif is the younger brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
- He is serving as the Chief Minister of the Punjab Province since June 8, 2013.
- He became the Chief Minister of Punjab for the first time in 1997.
- He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the first time in Pakistan General Election of 1988.
- He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the second time and to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in General Elections of 1990.
- He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the third time in 1993.
- He was elected as the President of the PML-N in August 2002 while he was in exile in Saudi Arabia.
- He was also charged by an anti-terrorism court in an extra-judicial killing case during his tenure as the CM of Punjab in 1998.
- However in 2008, he was acquitted in the 1998 extra-judicial killing case.
- He is the co-owner of Ittefaq Group, which is a multi-million steel conglomerate.
While media reports have claimed that Nawaz Sharif named his brother Shehbaz Sharif as his replacement, the PML-N is reportedly considering to place Shehbaz’s son Hamza Sharif or veteran leader Rana Sanaullah as the Chief Minister of Punjab, after Shehbaz elevation as PM.