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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be Pakistan’s interim PM

As per media reports, Nawaz reportedly met senior PML-N leaders after the Supreme Court verdict was announced against him in Panama Papers lead case and recommended Shehbaz as his replacement.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.In two separate meetings on Saturday, headed by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PML-N leaders made a decision to rally behind Nawaz’s younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, as his eventual successor.The ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz has selected Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be the interim prime minister of the country.The meetings came as the PML-N deliberated its political and legal options after Nawaz’s disqualification and decided on who would take over the party’s reins in parliament. The court disqualified Sharif under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.According to Geo News, the parliamentary party meeting is being held at the Punjab House where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is also present.Nawaz Sharif won his seat from NA-120 in the 2013 general election by securing 91,683 votes against 52,354 votes of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Yasmeen Rashid.It is not clear so far that who will be appointed to the post till the elections next year.