Panama papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s defence minister to replace him in case of conviction?

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday emerged as the “most potential candidate” to replace beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if he is disqualified by the Supreme Court for alleged graft and money laundering in the sensitive Panama Papers case.

Asif is most likely to become the interim prime minister for 45 days till 67-year-old Sharif’s wife Kalsoom or brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is elected on a National Assembly seat to lead the government for the remaining term, according to a top PML-N leader.

He said it was discussed during back-to-back consultative meetings held by Sharif with his legal team and close aides after the apex court reserved its verdict yesterday.

During a high-level meeting, it was decided that one of the three PML-N leaders could be made premier for ’45 days’.

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