Nawaz brother takes charge of party:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The brother of ousted Pak­istani prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif for­mally took charge of the coun­try’s rul­ing party Tues­day, a day af­ter be­ing out­ma­noeu­vred in elec­tions for Se­nate chair­man — spark­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of foul play.

The de­ba­cle at the Se­nate was the lat­est blow to the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) fol­low­ing a string of court de­ci­sions tar­get­ing the party — in­clud­ing the re­moval of Nawaz from the pre­mier­ship for graft in July.

De­spite the loss at the Se­nate, newly minted PML-N leader Shah­baz Sharif ap­peared up­beat dur­ing a rowdy party meet­ing in Is­lam­abad, prais­ing his brother’s lead­er­ship ahead of gen­eral elec­tions due later year.

“No­body in­clud­ing me can imag­ine tak­ing the place of Nawaz Sharif,” Shah­baz told a roar­ing crowd chant­ing party slo­gans.

In late Fe­bru­ary, the party cleared the way for Shah­baz’s pro­mo­tion to head the PML-N, spurring re­newed spec­u­la­tion that he would be its choice for prime min­is­ter if it pre­vailed at the polls.

The younger Sharif, cur­rently chief min­is­ter of pow­er­ful Pun­jab province, is seen as a po­lit­i­cal deal­maker, with many cred­it­ing him for suc­ces­sive by­elec­tion vic­to­ries since his brother was ousted.

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