Pakistan plunges into uncertainty as PM Nawaz Sharif ousted

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This period will allow the appointed prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif, brother of the ousted leader, to win a seat to the National Assembly, as required by law.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will approach the country's top court to present his views, his lawyer barrister Zafarullah Khan said Friday hours after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The ruling PML-N unanimously made a decision to elevate Abbasi as the interim leader, till ousted PM Nawaz Sharif's brother Shehbaz Sharif gets elected to the National Assembly.

Sharif is also not the first Pakistani prime minister forced from office - none of the country's 18 prime ministers have completed their full terms. Shahbaz, however, can not immediately replace Nawaz Sharif since he isn't a member of the Parliament. Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman was likely to replace Shahbaz as the Punjab Chief Minister.

Senior Pakistan Muslim League leader and former railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the party meeting later today. The court ordered the Election Commission to issue a notification for Sharif's disqualification. Nawaz Sharif, who was in the previous year of his third term, has been ousted twice before, the last time after trying to remove army chief Pervez Musharraf. His father Khaqan Abbasi, who too remained a minister in the 1980s, was killed in an ammunition depot blast in Islamabad in 1987.

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The push against Sharif has been spearheaded by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party.

Sharif resigned Friday, saying he had reservations about the court ruling.

The Supreme Court also ruled that the prime minister had not fulfilled Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, which say any public office holder should be honest and truthful.

She was talking to the media after the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying the Prime Minister.

The ruling came after an investigation into his family's wealth following the leak of the Panama Papers in 2015, which linked Mr Sharif's children to offshore companies. And there is uncertainty over who will take his place till the next general elections, scheduled for 2018. In 1993, he was ousted after a bitter struggle with the country's president, and in 1999 the military overthrew him in a bloodless coup.