Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Supporters of ousted Pakistan PM welcome him in Islamabad

Supporters of ousted Pakistan PM welcome him in Islamabad

A number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders in Punjab believe that Nawaz Sharif has "smartly deprived" his younger brother of an opportunity to become prime minister in this tenure of the party and at the same time shattered the dreams of his nephew (Hamza) to take up the reins in Punjab.

Among those included in the Cabinet was Ishaq Dar, a close relative of Sharif who previously served as finance minister.

The cabinet members and their portfolios were finalised by Abbasi after six-hour-long consultations with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the resort town of Murree Thursday.

Abbasi will be sworn-in in later at a special ceremony at the President's House, where President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath to him.

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With ex-home minister Chauddhry Nisar Ali Khan reluctant to retain his post, the interior ministry went to Ahsan Iqbal, head of a commission tasked with building the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic corridor.

Earlier this week, Abbasi replaced the 67-year-old Sharif, who was disqualified by the country's top court for concealing assets, specifically that his son's Dubai-based company listed a monthly salary for him.

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Sources in the party say the Shahbaz Sharif is reluctant to leave Punjab - the province he has been governing since 2008 with an iron grip.

He stepped down almost an year before Pakistan would have participated in the scheduled general elections.

Khan said Sharif's plan was a "deliberate attempt to continue undermining the Supreme Court of Pakistan by calling into question its decision on the Panama case", which was a "unanimous decision" by the five-member SC bench after a "thorough investigation".

The transition to the new Cabinet has taken exactly seven days since Sharif's ouster on July 28.

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