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PML-N marks candidates to replace PM Nawaz if plan B required

LAHORE, JUL 17 (DNA) – Although the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has refused to accept the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, and made it quite clear that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not step down, however the possible candidates for premiership are under consideration in plan B if PM has to leave his office.

According to the details made available here, the names of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are being discussed as Nawaz Sharif’s replacement.

Sources have further revealed that two federal ministers are against Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s appointment as the prime minister because they do not consider him a senior member, and have openly opposed him as a nominee. The probability of selecting a candidate from any coalition party is also being discussed, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a strong candidate for that.

Some groups are also backing Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the aforementioned post as he had defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the 2013 general elections, and his appointment as PM would surely hurt PTI chief.

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