In a meeting with his confidants, Nawaz said though the final decision on who should be appointed the next prime minister would be made in a parliamentary meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he hoped that Shehbaz, the chief minister of Punjab, would be chosen for the post.
However, he added that the party would also have to consider options for the Punjab chief minister’s post in case Shehbaz was appointed the prime minister.
The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power.
The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa unanimously announced the verdict, disqualifying the PM for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn salary as chairman of UAE-based offshore company Capital FZE.
The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that Sharif has “stepped down” despite having “serious reservations” about the judicial process. The federal cabinet also stands dissolved.