Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan is facing the biggest political crisis of his term, and opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, in the country’s highest position,in can take its place. Who is the sheriff?
Sharif, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifin brother and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly since August 2018. He is also the current leader of the Pakistan Muslim League. He became the head of the party after his brother, who founded the party and is now in London, the capital of England.
Shahbaz Sharif has served three times as the Prime Minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s wealthiest province, making him the province’s longest-serving president. His career included years of self-exile in Saudi Arabia after a military coup overthrew his brother’s government in 1999 and he faced money laundering charges.
In September 2020, Shahbaz Sharif was arrested by Pakistan’s National Accountability Office for laundering 7,328 million rupees (approximately $40 million) in a scheme involving close associates and family members. He was later released on bail.
Pakistan’s National Assembly began deliberating on a no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, 69, with a vote scheduled for Monday, after facing growing criticism over its performance, particularly its handling of the country’s economy, amid fears of a record rise in inflation. and a growing deficit.
Addressing the nation on television on Thursday, Imran Khan stammered when he saw that he mistakenly referred to the United States on the back of a “message” that, in his view, proved political interference in Pakistan’s affairs.
He said, “America has appeared… Oh, not America, but a foreign country I can’t name… So it’s a foreign country, we got a message.” White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield denied the allegations.
Source: The Independent + RT
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