Pakistan's ruling party has named senior politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as successor to the deposed prime minister, a day after the Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office for concealing assets.
On Friday, the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from holding the post of Prime Minister, saying he had been dishonest to the judiciary and Parliament about financial details of his family as revealed by the Panama Papers.
Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting in Islamabad of his PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)) party to review the situation arising out of his disqualification as the prime minister and nominate a new leader, official sources said.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was petroleum minister, would take over as interim prime minister until Shahbaz Sharif takes over. "I do not approve this", an emotional Sharif said. Addressing the PML-N s parliamentary meeting, Sharif expressed disbelief at the grounds for his dismissal and vowed to continue to struggle for the supremacy of the Constitution.
Senators Pervaiz Rasheed and Asif Kirmani were reportedly at the PM House to see-off the former prime minister, who stepped down as the premier on Friday following his disqualification by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
He said the party was considering all these aspects before finalising its decision.
"The nomination of Shahbaz Sharif as the next prime minister won't bring political stability, it will strengthen the culture of dynastic politics", political analyst Abid Hassan told AFP.
Abbasi, a close confidant of Nawaz Sharif, was elected as a National Assembly member in the 2013 general elections from famous tourist destination Murree, near capital Islamabad.
Sharif contends that he never withdrew that salary, and was therefore not liable to declare it.
They said Nawaz Sharif was a popular leader of the country and had the ability and vision to keep the nation united and make Pakistan a developed country among the comity of nations.
"I was not expecting what happened to me yesterday", he said. He was first ousted on corruption charges in the early 1990s, and later in a military coup in 1999.
New elections would be held in Nawaz Sharif's former constituency which is based in the PML-N powerbase of the Punjab process which could take up to 45 days.
No civilian prime minister in Pakistan has ever completed a full term in office. His party's leaders have noted, however, that their party still enjoys a majority and will stay in power until general elections are held in June 2018. Now, after almost two decades, the ousted prime minister has chosen him to step into his shoes, though for a short stint of 45 days.