The bigger question, of course, is whether this decision has been taken in the interests of the party or in the interests of Nawaz Sharif. According to the report, Shahabaz has missed or was made to miss a "golden opportunity" to succeed his elder brother.
The winds of change that had been blowing through the corridors of the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the last several months, had finally gathered force and instead of dying out with a whimper, as was expected, it had died with a bang, that had swept Mr. Nawaz Sharif out as the Prime Minister of this land of the Pak and the Pure.
However, PML-N is yet to make an announcement about Shahbaz withdrawing from the race for the national assembly seat.
Did disqualified former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif prevent his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif from taking over the top government spot?
"Nawaz played excellent family politics".
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The editorial went on to say that both Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman have hurt the sentiments of Kashmiris as well as a vast majority of Pakistanis, and unwittingly embarrassed their own PML-N. On the other hand, Shehbaz tried his best to convince Sharif to take him to the Centre and leave Punjab to his son Hamza but to no avail.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said, "The decision that will continue serving in Punjab is nearly certain".
"The party has completed all legal formalities and I will file an application with the ECP in a couple of days after getting formal approval from Chairman Imran Khan", Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed said.
Some federal ministers including Khawaja Asif and Khurram Dastgir have already confirmed that the party wants Shahbaz in Punjab which is a stronghold of PML-N.
Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Information Minister; Zahid Hamid, the Law Minister; and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, in charge of the Capital Administration and Development Division, retained their previous portfolios. Under Sharif, the PML-N has also courted the minority vote, using symbolic gestures at odds with its conservative base. Sharif has been staying in Murree ever since he vacated the official residence earlier this week following the order of the Supreme Court which disqualified him in connection with the Panama Papers scandal.