Shehbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Sharif. He had filed his nominations for the top post on Sunday.
This comes after the NA debated on the matter for more than 12 hours on Saturday, ousting Imran Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan from office through a no-confidence motion. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had fielded Shah Mahmood Qureshi as its Prime Ministerial candidate.
Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif is the 70-year-old brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and has been the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018. Earlier, he served as the chief minister of Punjab three times, making him the longest-serving CM of the province.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan had tendered his resignation as a member of the National Assembly ahead of the election for the new prime minister of Pakistan. This comes after the he said that he will not sit in the assemblies with ‘thieves’.
Khan said, “The man who has 16 billion and 8 billion rupees of corruption cases, whoever selects and elects the Prime Minister can not be a big insult to the country. We are resigning from the National Assembly,” according to PTI’s official Twitter account.
The process of electing the new leader of the house began on Sunday and Shehbaz Sharif’s nomination papers were accepted by the National Assembly Secretariat after objections raised by the PTI that he is involved in several court cases were rejected.