Nawaz Sharif 'deprived' Shehbaz opportunity to become Pakistan PM

(Left) Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif. Pics/AFP
(Left) Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif. Pics/AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif "smartly deprived" his younger brother Shehbaz an opportunity to become prime minister because of "family politics" despite nominating the Punjab chief minister as his eventual successor, according to some PML-N leaders.

In the background interviews, some PML-N leaders said they are of the view that Shehbaz is made to miss a "golden opportunity" to succeed his elder brother as there has been no guarantee that he will get the same chance in 2018 in case PML-N wins the election as more players from the elder Sharif family will be there in the race for the top slot.

"Sharif's wife Kalsoom will be strong candidate for the PM slot in case PML-N wins 2018 general election if his daughter, Maryam, is not cleared in corruption cases she is facing in the accountability courts by then," a top PML-N leader said.

Another leader said: "Sharif played excellent family politics."

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