Former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif will seek fourth term in office, his party says

by Lucas Garcia
Political Candidacy

The announcement from the political party of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday confirmed his intention to pursue a fourth term in office. Sharif, who has previously held the position of prime minister on three occasions, has been designated as the consensus candidate for his party in the upcoming parliamentary elections, as well as for the office of the prime minister.

This decision comes in the wake of Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan in October, following a self-imposed exile in London spanning four years, aimed at avoiding imprisonment on charges of corruption. However, his convictions and sentences were subsequently overturned upon his return, rendering him eligible to participate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for February 8, during which the new prime minister will be elected.

Rana Sanaullah Khan, a prominent leader within Sharif’s party, expressed unwavering support for Nawaz Sharif’s candidacy for the prime ministerial role, stating, “There is no doubt about it. Nawaz Sharif is our candidate for the office of the prime minister.”

Nawaz Sharif had previously relinquished his position as prime minister in 2017 due to the corruption charges against him. In July 2018, he received a 10-year prison sentence in connection with the acquisition of luxury apartments in London. Later that same year, he was handed an additional seven-year sentence for failing to disclose the details of his family’s establishment of steel mills in 1999.

It is worth noting that Sharif’s primary rival, Imran Khan, is currently serving a prison sentence. Nevertheless, Khan has declared his intent to participate in the upcoming elections. Imran Khan was ousted from office following a no-confidence vote in April 2022, but he continues to maintain a prominent role in Pakistani politics, with his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party enjoying substantial support.

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Q: Why is Nawaz Sharif seeking a fourth term as Prime Minister of Pakistan?

A: Nawaz Sharif’s decision to pursue a fourth term as Prime Minister of Pakistan is rooted in his party’s endorsement, making him their consensus candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections. His eligibility was restored after his convictions on corruption charges were overturned upon his return from self-exile in London.

Q: What were the corruption charges against Nawaz Sharif?

A: Nawaz Sharif faced corruption charges related to the purchase of luxury apartments in London, which led to a 10-year prison sentence. He also received a seven-year sentence for failing to disclose the details of his family’s steel mills establishment in 1999.

Q: Who is Nawaz Sharif’s main rival in the upcoming elections?

A: Nawaz Sharif’s primary rival in the upcoming elections is Imran Khan. Despite currently serving a prison term and being ousted in a no-confidence vote in 2022, Imran Khan remains a prominent figure in Pakistani politics and leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.

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EconGuru December 27, 2023 - 2:09 pm

Imran khan prison? what?! yikes, elections gonna be intense!

CryptoBuff December 27, 2023 - 8:12 pm

sharif, khan, and elections? more drama in pakistani politics, can’t believe!

AutoEnthusiast December 27, 2023 - 8:20 pm

political games, but what’s happening with the automotive market in pakistan? curious!

JournoExpert December 27, 2023 - 8:22 pm

sharif wants 4th term?! wow, big news. pakistan politics wild, man.

FinanceWhiz December 27, 2023 - 11:01 pm

Corruption charges overturned, but still eye on sharif’s finance plans if he wins.


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