BBCI: Pakistan PM: Brother of ousted Sharif lined up to take over

Opponents of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was petroleum minister until Friday, will be interim prime minister for "about 50 days", Nawaz Sharif said, until his brother has resigned from his provincial post and is elected to the national assembly.

The members of the ruling party of deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are holding a meeting to consider who will be the country's next premier.

"There is no conflict in the party".

"The day the Supreme Court announces its verdict, I will resign and will never fight any election (after that)", Nisar said, adding he was addressing an "extremely difficult" press conference of his life.

He also said that need of the hour is to divide Pakistan into four parts with the help of China.

The Prime Minister's office said in a statement that Sharif has "stepped down" despite having "serious reservations" about the judicial process.

The announcement charts a way forward for Pakistan after the Supreme Court ousted Sharif on Friday following a probe into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing to an unceremonious end his historic third term in power and briefly plunging the country into political uncertainty. In 2012, the Supreme Court convicted then-Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in a contempt case, forcing him to leave office.

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The meeting also chose to name former Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's interim prime minister before the nomination of Shehbaz Sharif is approved by the National Assembly (NA), the lower house in Pakistan.

Sadiq gained Sharif's trust after he defeated the PML-N leader's main rival, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, in a hotly contested race for a Lahore seat in the 2013 general election.

The ruling PML-N party has a strong majority in parliament so should have no problem appointing its choice as the new prime minister.

The incumbent Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will likely be next Prime Minister of Pakistan following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif from his Office. However, she could also be facing heat soon as the top court has ordered a corruption case against her and her siblings Hussain and Hassan.

The case against Sharif involved charges of money laundering in the 1990s, when he twice served as PM, to purchase assets in London.

In order to become the prime minister, he would have to be elected first.

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