Abbasi appointed interim PM of Pakistan

Imran Khan. AN EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Imran Khan. AN EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Senior PML-N leader and former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will run the PML-N government as interim prime minister of Pakistan until Shehbaz Sharif gets set to succeed his brother Nawaz Sharif as the Pakistan prime minister.

On Saturday, the ousted premier named his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab province, as his successor and nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier.

Sharif's party - Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) alleged unfair trial and vendetta against the prime minister, with many suggesting the move as the Pakistani military's attempt to win back control of the state.

A name has not been announced for the interim Prime Minister, who will fill the 45-day vacuum until Shahbaz Sharif is elected to a National Assembly seat.

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According to Punjab CM's office, Shehbaz Sharif would resign this week, depending on schedule for by-polls at NA-120.

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Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who headed the implementation bench, said all material collected by the Joint Investigation Team would be sent to an accountability court within six weeks.

The 67-year-old Sharif, who has served three separate stints as prime minister, has a history of rocky relations with Pakistan's powerful military. "Another elected Prime Minister has been sent home", tweeted his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

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"I will continue to fight for my vision of Pakistan", he said. In 2003, an anti-terrorism court issued an arrest warrant against him on charges of ordering extrajudicial killings of five people in a fake police encounter in 1998 while he was the Punjab CM.

They said Nawaz Sharif was a popular leader of the country and had the ability and vision to keep the nation united and make Pakistan a developed country among the comity of nations.

Other prime ministers have been ousted through votes of no-confidence in parliament, the dissolution of the assemblies by the military or in direct military coups.

Sharif contends that he never withdrew that salary, and was therefore not liable to declare it.

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He was the chairman of national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from 1997 to 1999, until General Pervez Musharraf overthrew Sharif´s second government. It was the third time that Nawaz was unable to complete his term in the chief executive's office.

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