Brother of ousted Pakistani PM seen as successor

    ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan’s ruling party plans to appoint the brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as his successor to fight the 2018 general elections, local media reported today, but will first have to appoint an interim prime minister.
    Shahbaz Sharif, 65, the chief minister of the vast Punjab province that accounts for more than half of Pakistan’s 190 million people, will need to be first elected to the national assembly before he can take over as leader of the country.
    Nawaz Sharif’s resignation yesterday has plunged the nuclear-armed nation into political turmoil after several years of relative stability.
    Sharif quit after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets.
    The court has also ordered a criminal investigation into Sharif, 67, and his family. (Agencies)