Friday, 11 August 2017

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz in bid to win his seat

The wife of ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif will attempt to win the seat he was forced to vacate when he was disqualified from office.

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif will stand as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party's candidate in the by-election next month, an adviser for the former PM told reporters.

The announcement comes as Mr Sharif leads a "homecoming" caravan to Lahore, which has drawn thousands of supporters.

He described his removal last month over unreported income as "an insult to the mandate of 200 million voters".

The Supreme Court verdict marked a political victory for opposition leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star who led a campaign demanding Mr Sharif's wealth be investigated.

Mr Khan is himself facing a court case over alleged undeclared assets.

The decision to put forward Mrs Sharif is in line with Pakistan's tradition of dynastic politics and also indicates the former PM will likely stay involved behind the scenes.

Mr Sharif's ruling party has already elected one of his loyalists, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as Prime Minister.

Senior party figures have suggested Mr Abbasi will hold office until elections due next year, a reversal of earlier indications that Mr Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz would seek the vacant seat and later take over as PM.

There is also talk in the party that Mrs Sharif herself could become PM if she is elected, but a Sharif aide said it was too early to speculate.

SKY       News.