Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif names brother as successor

Powerplays: Who could be next PM?

Powerplays: Who could be next PM?

The court also directed the country's anti-corruption authorities to file separate corruption cases against the former prime minister, the finance minister, his two sons, daughter, and son-in-law for their involvement in the Panama Papers scandal.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been shortlisted by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) to act as an interim Prime Minister of Pakistan before electing Shehbaz Sharif to the post, report suggests.

According to party sources, it was a hard decision to bring Shehbaz to Islamabad as it may create political vacuum in Punjab, which PML-N can not afford ahead of next year elections.

Abbasi, the 58-year-old loyalist of Sharif, is expected to serve for 45 days and will resign to let Shehbaz succeed as permanent premier, party sources said.

Nawaz Sharif can be removed from the premiership but not from hearts of the public, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said Saturday.

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The final nomination will be recognised in the party's parliamentary meeting.

Sharif, who became Prime Minister for the third time in 2013, had earlier denied wrongdoing and had warned that his ouster would destabilise Pakistan at a time when the economy was rebounding after a decade of political and security chaos.

He said the party was considering all these aspects before finalising its decision.

The elder Mr Sharif said that he had received suggestions in favour of his brother for the next prime minister, which was met with applause by party members at the gathering, sources told Pakistan's Dawn.

Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification was a rebellion and it was fixed.

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Abbasi is an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 1988, representing Rawalpindi.

Opposition leader Imran Khan, who pushed for Sharif's investigation, called Shahbaz's selection "a form of monarchy".

Following the court verdict, Sharif quit. Most civilian prime ministers in Pakistan have never completed their constitutional term.

The PML-N can not afford to lose its grip on Punjab since the next general elections are barely a year away.

He was the chairman of national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from 1997 to 1999, until General Pervez Musharraf overthrew Sharif´s second government.

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The court disqualified Sharif under Article 62 and 63 of Pakistan's Constitution. Now, after almost two decades, the ousted prime minister has chosen him to step into his shoes, though for a short stint of 45 days.

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