With Sharif brothers in jail, Maryam Nawaz to take over reigns of PMLN in crisis: Sources

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With Sharif brothers in jail, Maryam Nawaz to take over reigns of PMLN in crisis: Sources

ISLAMABAD - With Sharif brothers in jail the PMLN has been hit with a leadership crisis.

Sources have revealed that Maryam Nawaz Sharif could take over the reigns of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N).

“The option is available to have Maryam Nawaz take the party forward,” Raja Zafarul Haq, PML-N member and leader of the opposition in the Senate, told Geo.tv. “Whenever she is ready, she can join the ranks of the party.”

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison by an accountability court in July last year. In the same ruling, the Supreme Court ousted and disqualified Sharif and barred him from holding political office in the future.

In February, the PML-N elected Sharif instead as *Quaid* (leader) for life, while his younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, was voted in as president. Later, the younger Sharif was arrested by Pakistan’s anti-graft body for alleged involvement in a housing scam.

This week, the accountability court again sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in another charge related to his assets. The next day he was moved to the central jail in Lahore.

With both brothers behind bars, the PML-N has been thrown into a leadership crisis.