Future Pak Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was never the first choice of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif


Shehbaz became Punjab’s first chief minister in 1997 when his brother was prime minister at the Centre.

After General Pervez Musharraf’s 1999 coup toppled the Nawaz Sharif government, Shehbaz and his family spent eight years in exile in Saudi Arabia before returning to Pakistan in 2007.

He served as chief minister of Punjab for the second term in 2008 and he landed the same slot for the third time in 2013.

Shehbaz claimed that General Musharraf offered him the post of prime minister on the condition that he give up his older brother Nawaz, which he said he immediately refused.

After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from office in 2017 over the Panama Papers affair, the PML-N appointed Shehbaz as party president. Subsequently, after the 2018 elections, he became the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.

In September 2020, Shehbaz was arrested by the anti-corruption body – National Accountability Bureau – on charges of money laundering and earning beyond means brought against him by the Imran Khan government. Shehbaz denied the charges and called them political victimization.” He remained in prison for several months before being released on bail.

Currently, he is facing a PKR 14 billion money laundering case in the UK brought against him by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan. He is also out on bail in the case.

Nawaz’s daughter and Vice President of PML-N, Maryam Nawaz, who is Shehbaz’s niece, said her uncle is a man who has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly.

“A man who exemplified unwavering loyalty to his brother despite the worst personal and political victimization. A man who is, has been and always will be a second father to me,” Maryam says of her uncle .



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