This development leaves the government of Pakistan and Pakistani democracy in a very delicate position. This is Sharif’s third term as Prime Minister, and like every other civilian Prime Minister before him, he has never completed a full five year term. The Parliament of Pakistan has elected former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to temporarily serve as Prime Minister, but the ruling political party wants Shabaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Punjab and brother of Nawaz Sharif, to take over. Shabaz Sharif would have to win a parliamentary by-election to be eligible for the position.
The political situation in Pakistan, and the effects of the Panama Papers around the world, are still developing and we at Smith Brandon International will continue to keep a close eye on them. Smith Brandon International can provide Political Risk Assessments to companies looking to do business in an uncertain and changing world so they can make smart decisions about the future.
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