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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan’s rul­ing PML-N party on Tues­day ap­pointed Pun­jab chief min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif as its act­ing pres­i­dent af­ter the cur­rent pres­i­dent, Nawaz Sharif, stepped down in the wake of a Supreme Court or­der bar­ring him from hold­ing the po­si­tion.

Nawaz, a three-time premier, was el­e­vated to post of “Quaid (leader) for life” of the PML-N. He has said the top court had no busi­ness mak­ing the de­ci­sion to oust him from the party po­si­tion.

The an­nounce­ment about the ap­point­ment of Nawaz’s younger brother to the top post was made by the PML-N’s cen­tral work­ing com­mit­tee (CWC) dur­ing a meet­ing held in La­hore. Nawaz presided over the meet­ing that was also at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Nawaz said that de­spite there be­ing no dic­ta­tor­ship in Pak­istan, ver­dicts from the ju­di­ciary harked back to the era of dic­ta­tor­ships. He added elected prime min­is­ters had never been al­lowed to com­plete their ten­ure in the coun­try’s his­tory.

“How long will this keep hap­pen­ing and how long can the coun­try func­tion like this?” asked Nawaz, who was ousted from the post of prime min­is­ter by the Supreme Court last year for dis­hon­esty in declar­ing his as­sets. “It has been more than six months, yet not even an iota of cor­rup­tion ev­i­dence have been fur­nished against me in the court. De­spite that, I was sent home pack­ing by the ju­di­ciary.”

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