• Monday, May 16, 2022

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: A Nawaz loyalist at helm in Pakistan

Abbasi was elected prime minister by Pakistan’s National Assembly and put up a strong defence Nawaz Sharif.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan’s interim prime minister, is a long-time loyalist of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and one of the wealthiest parliamentarians in the country. Abbasi, 58, hails from the famous hill resort of Murree in Rawapindi district of Punjab province and was minister for petroleum in the ousted government. A die-hard supporter of Sharif, he was elected prime minister by Pakistan’s National Assembly and put up a strong defence of the ousted leader, saying that he may have been disqualified by the Supreme Court but remains the “people’s premier”. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominated Abbasi as the interim…

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