A profile of Shehbaaz Sharif, who could become Pak PM

Shehbaz Sharif is the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

If Imran Khan loses the no-confidence vote, a new government could be led by opposition leader and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This indication was given on Wednesday by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

“Imran Khan has now lost his majority. He is no longer the Prime Minister. Parliament is sitting tomorrow. Let us hold a vote tomorrow and settle this matter. We can then start working on transparent elections and the journey to restoring democracy and ‘ an end to economic crisis can then begin, ”the PPP chairman said at a press conference yesterday.

He added that Sharif would “soon” become the country’s prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif on Monday tabled the motion of no confidence against Khan’s government in the National Assembly.

Shehbaz Sharif is the president of the PML-N, replacing his brother and ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in London since being convicted in two corruption cases in Pakistan.

He is the current leader of the opposition in the National Assembly (lower house of Pakistan’s parliament).

Sharif has the distinction of being the longest-serving prime minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, having served three times in the post.

He became the Prime Minister of Punjab Province for the first time in 1997. But after a coup d’état in 1999 by General Pervez Musharraf, he had to leave Pakistan and spend the next eight years in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Shehbaz Sharif and his brother returned to Pakistan in 2007. He became Punjab’s prime minister again after his party won the 2008 general election.

Sharif’s third term as Punjab prime minister began in 2013 and he served a full term until the defeat of PML-N in 2018 elections. He was named the leader of the opposition after the 2018 election.

Legal issues for Shehbaz Sharif

In December 2019, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) froze 23 properties belonging to Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Hamza, and accused them of money laundering.

He was arrested in September 2020 in the same case by NAB and trial pending in jail. In April 2021, the Lahore High Court released him on bail in a money laundering case.

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