ISLAMABAD: Seven names are being considered for the replacement of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in case the Apex court decides against the Prime Minister in the Panama case.
The names of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are being discussed as Nawaz Sharif’s replacement.
Sources have further revealed that two federal ministers are against Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s appointment as the prime minister because they do not consider him a senior member, and have openly opposed him as a nominee.
The probability of selecting a candidate from any coalition party is also being discussed, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a strong candidate for that.
Some groups are also backing Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the aforementioned post as he had defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the 2013 general elections, and his appointment as PM would surely hurt PTI chief.