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Who is Shahbaz Sharif — The Man Who is Likely To Replace Imran Khan As Next PM of Pakistan

Bilawal Bhutto also said that Shahbaz Sharif, brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, "will soon" become the prime minister of the country.

Updated: March 31, 2022 12:35 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

Who is Shahbaz Sharif
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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said Imran Khan “has now lost majority” in the National Assembly and Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif will soon become the Prime Minister of the country. Addressing a press conference ahead of the confidence vote which is expected to take place in the next few days, Bilawal Bhutto thanked Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) for joining hands with the opposition and deciding to support them to oust Imran Khan as Prime Minister in the no-confidence vote.

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He said the voting should be held on Thursday.

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“Imran Khan has now lost his majority. He is no longer the Prime Minister. The parliament session is tomorrow. Let’s hold voting tomorrow and settle this matter. We can then start working on transparent elections and the journey towards restoration of democracy and an end to economic crisis can then begin,” the PPP chairman said.

Bilawal Bhutto also said that Shahbaz Sharif, brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, “will soon” become the prime minister of the country. “PPP and MQM-P’s working relation has nothing to do with the no-confidence motion. Both the parties have to work together for the development of Karachi and Pakistan,” he added.

The PPP chairman said Shehbaz Sharif has challenged the Pakistan Prime Minister to resign from office. “He (Imran Khan) has no option left. He can either resign or get dismissed via no-confidedent,” Bhutto said.

Quick look at Shahbaz Sharif’s profile:

  • The younger brother of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.
  • Sharif was the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most politically important province.
  • Earlier, he was elected chief minister of Punjab three times, making him the longest-serving Chief Minister in the province’s history.
  • Shahbaz was elected to both the Punjab Assembly and the National Assembly in 1988 and 1990, respectively.
  • He was re-elected to the Punjab Assembly three years later and named Leader of the Opposition.
  • Shahbaz was voted into power as Punjab’s chief minister for the first time in 1997. However, following a military coup in 1999, Shahbaz and his family fled to Saudi Arabia in self-exile. He only returned to Pakistan in 2007.
  • A year later, his party, the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz), won an election, and Shahbaz was appointed chief minister for the second time.
  • In the subsequent elections in 2013, he was re-elected and sworn in as chief minister for the third time.
  • He was the head of state until his party was defeated in 2018.

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Published Date: March 31, 2022 12:13 AM IST

Updated Date: March 31, 2022 12:35 AM IST