Islamabad, July 29: After the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the post of Prime Minister, the names of many leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) including Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Shehbaz Sharif and Kulsoom Nawaz are doing rounds in the corridors of power to head the nation. However, the chances of Kulsoom Nawaz getting elected appeared stronger as Nawaz Sharif is not willing to choose his cabinet ministers for the post, CNN News18 reported.
The chances of getting Kulsoom Nawaz elected got stronger as the election of Shehbaz Sharif may lead to more troubles for Nawaz Sharif. Shehbaz presently heads the most politically significant state, Punjab Province in Pakistan. Apart from choosing next Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif will have to choose the interim head of the government for next 45 days till Kulsoom is elected to National Assembly. The election will be conducted by Pakistani Election Commission in days to come. [Read: Historic Verdict by Supreme Court, Must Ensure Nawaz Sharif Stays in Pakistan: Former President Pervez Musharraf]
Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court under Article 62 and 63 of Pakistan’s Constitution mandating a member of parliament to be ‘righteous and truthful’. The report also read Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) put Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain, daughter Maryam along with son-in-law Muhammad Safdar on the exit control list prohibiting them from leaving the country.
Supreme Court disqualified the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for holding assets in offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands along with not making them public. The revelations were made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in a document leak popularly known as Panama Papers.
The joint investigation team formed by the Supreme Court stated Sharif family acknowledged the ownership of Avenfield Apartments and other companies like Gulf Steel Mills. JIT also held Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, of manipulating the documents to mislead the Supreme Court.