New PM nomination papers to be scrutinized today


ISLAMABAD JULY 31 (TNS): Candidates expecting to become the next prime minister have to submit their nomination papers to the National Assembly Secretariat by 2pm today, following which the assembly speaker will scrutinize the documents.

A session of the National Assembly has been called on Tuesday, August 1 (tomorrow), at 3pm to elect the prime minister following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court on Friday.

The parliamentary party meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz decided on Saturday to make Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of the ousted premier, to be the party’s candidate for the slot. However, at the meeting, Nawaz announced that former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be the premier until Shehbaz is elected to a National Assembly seat and subsequently made the prime minister.

“It will take Shehbaz Sharif 50-55 days to take over as prime minister. He will have to contest [national] elections. For the interim period, I am recommending Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for the position of prime minister.”

Then prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office by the Supreme Court on Friday. Sharif was disqualified under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution over his failure to disclose un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from a UAE-based company. It implied he was not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’, as per the country’s Constitution.