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Pakistan Army wants jihadi Prime Minister, says BJP's Subramanian Swamy

30 Juillet 2017

He said the PML-N did implementd the court decision despite some reservations.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League party agreed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will succeed his brother and petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will serve as the interim prime minister until Sharif is formally elected to office.

Nawaz Sharif stepped down as Pakistan's prime minister Friday, after the Supreme Court ordered his removal over accusations of corruption in a ruling that is likely to shift the country's tumultuous political balance.

On Friday, Pakistani Supreme Court chose to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family. "This is not good news for India", said Sharif's "departure from the political scene is nearly certain to herald a period of volatility within Pakistan and, therefore, greater risk in relations between India and Pakistan". "Sharif has also responded wisely by announcing to step down even before the Election Commission issued a notification to remove him from his post, following the court verdict".

While Khan would now feel vindicated in centring his politics around one man's dismissal, he has always been outed as a stooge for Pakistan's all-powerful military establishment by, among others, his own party's former president.

The former prime minister said that you (PML-N's members) should be proud that corruption was not the reason for his disqualification.

The ruling plunged Pakistan into political turmoil, although judges asked the country's figurehead president to "ensure continuation of the democratic process".

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The former prime minister's name has been removed from the list of members available on the website.

Sharif has been banned from participating in politics for not being "truthful and honest".

Following this, Sharif's brother Shehbaz Sharif was declared as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Also no Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year elected term.

It is the third premature exit for Sharif alone, after being pressed into a resignation by the military establishment in 1993, and a full-blown Army coup forcing him into exile in 1999.

It is the second time in Pakistan's 70-year history that the Supreme Court has disqualified a sitting prime minister.

Pakistan Army wants jihadi Prime Minister, says BJP's Subramanian Swamy