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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi named interim Pakistan PM until Shahbaz becomes an MP

Abbasi, the petroleum minister, will be incharge till the time Shahbaz is elected to Parliament, PMO

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo:Twitter)
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo:Twitter)

The Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to take over as Pakistan's for 45 days, even as ousted rallied behind his younger brother

Abbasi, who held the portfolio of Petroleum and Natural Gas, will be incharge till the time Shahbaz is elected to Parliament, and then to the prime minister's office.

Shahbaz's ascension to the prime minister's office was considered to be a foregone conclusion, as the continues to hold a hefty majority in and can independently vote him into office.

He will likely seek election to the National Assembly from Nawaz Sharif's vacated seat, which was a stronghold, Dawn reported.

If the parliamentary party validates the decision, Shahbaz will have to resign from the and a new provincial chief minister will have to be chosen. Shahbaz will then have to get elected from the seat left vacant by the elder Sharif.

The meeting, expected to be the last under Sharif in the Prime Minister House, was attended by close aides of the outgoing prime minister, including Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, Saad Rafique, Rana Tanveer, and  

The development comes after discussions were held at an informal meeting that stretched over four hours.

Sources claim that leaders and former federal ministers Rana Tanveer, Khurram Dastgir were front-runners for interim post. Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman was likely to replace Shahbaz as the Punjab Chief Minister.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the scandal, forcing the embattled leader to resign.

With inputs from IANS

First Published: Sat, July 29 2017. 17:37 IST