"Now Shahbaz controlling center"
July 31, 2017
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has on Monday took charge of the federal government and the departments have started reporting him. According to a news report published in the Daily 92 News quoting official sources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would be the dummy prime minister. Shahbaz Sharif would be seeing matters of the federal government, while Nawaz Sharif will be helping in the matters of central government. Earlier, Supreme Court had on Friday last week disqualified Nawaz Sharif from public office over long-running corruption allegations, a decision that ousts him from the premiership for the third time. The ruling saw political instability take hold in Pakistan once again, dissolving Cabinet and leaving the country without a sitting prime minister. As the verdict was announced in Islamabad, opposition supporters rushed into the street chanting slogans and handing out sweets in celebration. Hundreds also took to the streets in northwestern Peshawar, beating drums and distributing money and sweets while chanting “Go Nawaz Go”. The allegations against the prime minister spiraled from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over details of the lavish lifestyles and luxury London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty. Those claims prompted an investigation which said there was a “significant disparity” between the family’s income and lifestyle, and unearthed fresh claims over Sharif’s links to companies based in the United Arab Emirates.