Pakistan's ruling party picks Nawaz Sharif's brother as president

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The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) on Tuesday elected Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the acting President, replacing older brother Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

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

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that his party would not respect those who did not believe in the sanctity of vote and upheld it.

The country's ruling party, however, named Nawaz Sharif the "leader for life".

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".

Marriyum Aurangzeb said that targeting a single party was undermining the parliamentary process.

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The apex court's verdict was in response to 17 petitions challenging the controversial Elections Act 2017, which had been bulldozed through parliament a year ago to pave the way for Nawaz Sharif's return to the PML-N's helm as party president.

"Begum Kulsoom would have been the best choice to succeed Nawaz Sharif but since she is not well and is recovering from throat cancer (lymphoma) in London, Shahbaz Sharif has become the ultimate choice although some close to Nawaz have reservations (about him)". As the NAB cases against Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are proceeding at a fast pace and in case of adverse judgement, the party would have faced serious crisis.

In the meeting, Nawaz proposed the name of Shahbaz for the party's interim president which was unanimously approved by the CWC.

As a outcome, all nominees by PML (N) for the upcoming March 3 Senate elections were declared as independents.

Mr Khan said that it was possible that CM Sharif would continue as the party's president if the general council elected him to the post next month. "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.

The party will also hold another meeting on March 6 for intraparty elections to elect Shahbaz Sharif as the permanent president. Nawaz was removed from the post of PML-N president by the apex court on February 22. PML (N) is still expected to emerge as the biggest party in Senate.