Shehbaz Sharif nominated as Pak PM candidate, Bilawal Bhutto likely to be foreign minister

The opposition parties in Pakistan on Sunday nominated Shehbaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as their joint candidate for the prime minister’s election, as per a report by Pakistan’s ARY News.

Shehbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif, is likely to take over as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan after Imran Khan was ousted as the prime minister through a no-confidence motion late on Saturday night.

Taking to Twitter, the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party, said, “Special thanks to media, civil society, lawyers, my Quaid Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto, Khalid Maqbool, Khalid Magsi, Mosin Dawar, Ali Wazir, Amir Haider Hoti & leaders & workers of all political parties for standing up for the Constitution!”

Sharif, has been leading the Opposition’s efforts to topple Imran Khan’s government and has consistently been identified as the Opposition’s sole candidate for the post of prime minister.

Pakistan Peoples Party chief Bilawal Bhutto is likely to be appointed as the next foreign minister in the new government, a local media report was cited by PTI.

“According to rumours, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is likely to be appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” GeoNews report said.

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Shehbaaz has served as the chief minister of Punjab province thrice. While Bilawal Bhutto is the son of former premier Benazir Bhutto and ex-Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari. He is the maternal grandson of former President and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.


During the debate in the National Assembly on Saturday, Bilawal had trained his guns on Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the incumbent foreign minister, and questioned why he was not present for the National Security Committee meeting which discussed the so-called “foriegn conspiracy” to oust the PTI government.

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Bilawal said that if there was a conspiracy against the government, Khan should have taken action immediately. He maintained that the current battle was not between the PTI, the PPP or the PDM, rather between those who upheld the Constitution and those who disregarded it.

The National Assembly will reconvene on Monday to nominate the next PM. The nominations have to be filed by 2 pm today.

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