By: Khalid Iqbal
Islamabad (July 28, 2017): Who will be the next prime minister and PML-N President. In existing circumstance, it is the million dollar question, which has gripped the party leadership as they have several options but Nawaz Sharif family seems out from both the posts.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s leader disqualified by the country’s Supreme Court after the Panama Leaks corruption probe. Moments after the verdict, Nawaz Sharif announced that he’s stepping down from the seat of the prime minister. Later election commission de-notify Nawaz Sharif, it means Nawaz Sharif even can’t lead the party as per the political act.The Supreme Court also disqualified Maryam Nawaz, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz as well. It is a big blow for PML-N as Sharif family excluding Shahbaz Sharif out from the political scene, however party leadership claims that the party is still not over.
The PML-N did not produce any other leader to replace Nawaz Sharif and party evolved around one person Nawaz Sharif but this is not the only case. It is perhaps a South Asian politics phenomenon.
Currently, the names of Khuwaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal are under consideration but after SC decision over Aqama, only Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left the strongest candidate.
Some sources told Shahbaz Sharif will be the next choice of the Nawaz Sharif but he must be elected for National Assembly seat first. But negative point which can go against him is the Hudaibyia Paper Mills. Legal expert Farogh Naseem, talking in Abbtakk News Program Benaqab pointed out that Hudaibyia Paper Mills can become bottleneck for Shahbaz Sharif.In Musharraf tenure, when he wanted to appoint Shaukat Aziz as Prime Minister but Aziz was not national assembly member, he had made an arrangement to elect him in NA by-poll from Attock and Thar seats. He had won from both the places but he kept Attock as his constituency. Now if PML-N’s final choice is Shahbaz Sharif than he has to contest NA seat and then come to NA for PM Slot.
Speaker Ayaz Sadiq can also be an strong candidate but if he is selected for the PM slot than party would need alternate name for the speaker NA slot.
Sources claimed Nawaz Sharif had already taken the decision in this connection and he will announce it in tomorrow’s crucial meeting.
The another big trouble appeared before the PML-N is that who is the next party head. If Sharif family is out from the scene than the name of the PML-N will lost its ground. Therefore, there is Kalsoom Nawaz, the wife of Nawaz Sharif, is the only strongest candidate for the party president-ship.
However, the ruling party will take the final decision in its crucial meeting tomorrow and then dense clouds of curiosity might be removed.