Pakistan's ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) on Tuesday elected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as its "leader for life" days after the Supreme Court disqualified him as party head. He is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, who had to resign as prime minister in July a year ago in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former Prime Minister's daughter Maryam Nawaz and the Punjab Chief Minister's son Hamza Shehbaz were also present during the meeting.
The meeting was called following a Supreme Court ruling ordering the removal of Nawaz Sharif as party chief.
Maryam Nawaz confirmed the development in a tweet as the PML-N Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting was underway at the Sharif family's Model Town residence in Lahore.
Shahbaz Sharif has been elected for the interim period of 45 days until the general council meeting takes place next month to elect the full-time president.
Mushahidullah said PML-N respected judiciary and institutions, and they acted upon Courts' every decision. In 2006, he was again elected as the party president.
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After becoming the party president, Shahbaz praised his elder brother for making the PML-N the country's most popular political force.
In reply to a question about whether Begum Kulsoom Nawaz could be considered as a candidate for the top party post, he said: "Begum Kulsoom's health does not allow her to run the party". It is, therefore, expected that nomination of Mian Shahbaz Sharif would not only be a big factor in keeping the party intact but also help the party perform well in the election.
The Sharif clan and their supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting Nawaz is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan's powerful military establishment.
Sharif resigned in July after the country's top court ousted him from office for concealing financial assets.
The court said a person who is disqualified under the Constitution is not eligible to keep any position in a political party.