Pakistan's new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi consults Nawaz Sharif to finalise cabinet


Islamabad: Pakistan's new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday met Nawaz Sharif to "consult" him before finalising his Cabinet, the state media reported.

File image of Shahid Abbasi. Getty Images

File image of Shahid Abbasi. Getty Images

The two met at Sharif's private residence in the hill resort of Murree near Islamabad where Sharif has been staying since he vacated the official residence two days ago after the Supreme Court disqualified him over the Panama Papers scandal.

Shehbaz Sharif, who will take over from Abbasi after he is elected to the National Assembly, was also present during the meeting, the Pakistan TV reported.

Abbasi, a die-hard Nawaz Sharif loyalist, was on Tuesday elected as the interim prime minister by the National Assembly. He was later sworn in by President Mamnoon Hussain.

Abbasi has said that Sharif may have been disqualified by the Supreme Court but remains the "people's premier". He has praised Sharif's leadership and criticised Opposition parties for accusing him of corruption.


"Justice demands that 1,000 guilty are set free than one innocent is convicted," Abbasi said.

"It is my firm belief that Nawaz Sharif will return to the seat of premiership," he said.


Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 06:22 pm | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 06:22 pm



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