Pakistan’s Leader of Opposition Shahbaz Sharif And the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), is set to become the next prime minister of Pakistan. The National Assembly of Pakistan will vote on April 11 to elect a new prime minister. This comes after Imran Khan lost the no-confidence motion moved against him in the assembly, becoming the first Pakistani PM to do so.

The ruling Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government lost a no-confidence vote in the 342-member assembly by 174 votes in favor of the motion. Despite several attempts to stop it, voting took place after midnight. Members of the ruling PTI, including Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan, remained absent during the voting.

The candidature of Shehbaz Sharif for the Prime Minister’s post was disclosed by PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari earlier during a joint press conference of the opposition parties. He is likely to be elected as the new Prime Minister in the same National Assembly session as the Supreme Court of Pakistan reinstated the National Assembly after declaring that if Imran Khan is removed as a result of a no-confidence motion, the same session A new leader of the house should be elected.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court in a landmark judgment on April 8 declared Imran Khan’s decision to advise the President to dissolve the National Assembly as unconstitutional and also overruled the deputy speaker’s decision, which ruled the Imran Khan government. The no-confidence motion against was rejected. The apex court had called for convening the session of the National Assembly “not earlier than 10:30 am on Saturday”.

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Who is Shahbaz Sharif? – Know in 10 points

1. Shahbaz Sharif is the younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who served as the PM of Pakistan thrice. Born in Lahore in 1950, Sharif is a graduate of Government College University, Lahore.

2. Shahbaz Sharif has been serving as the Chief Minister of the important Punjab province of Pakistan for the last three terms.

3. He had last claimed for the PM post in 2018, but the PPP’s decision to abstain from the PM vote had paved the way for PTI’s election of Imran Khan as prime minister.

4. Shahbaz Sharif was nominated as the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.

5. He initially joined his family’s steel business and then became the President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries in 1985.

6. His elder brother Nawaz Sharif was inducted as finance minister in the Punjab provincial cabinet in 1983 under the dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq.

7. He entered the Punjab Provincial Assembly in 1988 and was elected to the National Assembly in 1990. He became the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1993.

8. He became the Chief Minister of Punjab for the first time in 1997 but his tenure was cut short by the 1999 military coup of Pervez Musharraf.

9. He returned from political exile after nearly a decade and became the Chief Minister of Punjab again in 2008.

10. Shahbaz Sharif was elected unopposed as the PML-N president in February 2018 after his brother, then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from key positions after being named in the ‘Panama Papers’.

corruption charges

Shahbaz Sharif is also facing serious corruption charges like his elder brother. In December 2019, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had frozen 23 properties of Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza, alleging money laundering.
The NAB had arrested him in September 2020 in the same case and the Lahore High Court released him on bail in April 2021.

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