The ruling Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) has chose to appoint the former Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim prime minister for 45 days. He will also likely seek election to the National Assembly from Nawaz Sharif's vacated seat, which is a PML-N stronghold, reported Dawn.
Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif would step down as chief minister of Punjab and be elected to the National Assembly before he is eligible to become prime minister, Express News quoted sources as saying.
Asif has held a series of key positions within the PML-N since 1991.
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Khaqan Abbasi said, despite the apex court's verdict regarding the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, he was still popular among the masses.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Geo TV reported that the ruling party has made a decision to appoint Shahbaz Sharif as Prime Minister in an informal meeting which went on for three hours. PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique called him an exemplary chief minister and praised his services for the development of Punjab.
During former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf's time, politician Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was appointed as an interim prime minister until Shaukat Aziz, who was nominated by Musharraf, got elected by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PMLQ).