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.

Earlier there were reports that in an informal meeting, chaired by ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday deliberated the PML-N’s political strategy after Sharif’s disqualification and decided to rally behind his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif after discussions that stretched over four hours.

The meeting came ahead of PMLN parliamentary party meeting, to be convened at the Punjab House later in the day.

If the parliamentary party validates the decision, Shehbaz will have to resign from the Punjab Assembly and a new provincial Chief Minister will have to be chosen. Shehbaz will then have to get elected from the seat left vacant by the elder Sharif and an interim Prime Minister will have to be elected until Shehbaz enters the National Assembly.


Beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned on Friday after the Supreme Court of Pakistan, disqualified him from holding the post following a probe on the Panama Papers case that exposed illegal family wealth stashed abroad.

A five-judge bench unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif from his post after an investigative panel linked his grown up children to offshore companies, showing that their wealth was far above their legitimate earnings.

(With inputs from IANS)