Shahbaz Sharif to be new president of embattled PML-N?

Shahbaz Sharif to be new president of embattled PML-N?

While speaking to the media, Kaira said Shehbaz was on good terms with the bureaucracy but had been disrespectful towards PPP.

Well-placed sources in the ruling party have informed Pakistan Today that the general council of the party would ratify the decision to appoint Shehbaz Sharif as acting president of PML-N.

On February 21, the Supreme Court barred Nawaz from being the head of the PML-N by striking off an amendment to the Elections Act that have paved the way for him to lead the party after his disqualification in the Panama Papers case.

The verdict also ruled that "all steps taken, orders passed, directions given and documents issued, by Nawaz after the July 28 verdict will be deemed to be nullified".

Nawaz was disqualified as the prime minister by the apex court in the Panama Papers case in July a year ago under Article 62 for failing to declare a receivable salary as an asset.

"The party constitution allows committee members to appoint an acting president of the party who would then overlook the election of the party president within 45 days of his/her election".

Pakistan's ranking in corruption perceptions index shows little change
"Every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt", Transparency International said . Transparency International said that New Zealand and Denmark ranked highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.

However, going by the leadership qualities of Mian Shahbaz Sharif and the unprecedented developmental activities as well as reforms carried out by him in the province are likely to make a big difference in the next election. He is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, who had to resign as prime minister in July a year ago in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.

PML-N chairman Raja Zafarul Haq proposed Sharif's elevation as "quaid for life" at a meeting of Central Working Committee (CWC) of PML-N in Lahore.

The CWC also appointed Nawaz Sharif as lifetime "Quaid" (leader) of the party.

Nawaz Sharif referred to his disqualification and said that such decisions insulted the public mandate, which had become apparent in the form of millions of votes.

As a outcome, all nominees by PML (N) for the upcoming March 3 Senate elections were declared as independents. "For all practical purposes, Shehbaz Sharif would be eventually made the party president", a senior party leader told this scribe on the condition of anonymity. "Maryam's name was not considered for the slot as she is too young to handle the party at this stage", a PML-N leader said.

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