Shehbaz Sharif – A Pragmatist, Loyal Brother and Powerful Establishment’s Favourite – News18

Last Updated: March 03, 2024, 17:22 IST

The outcome of the February 8 elections crushed Nawaz Sharif’s dream of becoming the prime minister for the fourth time. (Reuters File Photo)

The PML-N, which was hoping to form a government on its own, won only 75 seats, trailing behind independent candidates backed by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Shehbaz Sharif, who is known to be an astute politician and a good administrator, has once again donned the mantle of prime ministership of cash-strapped Pakistan by a quirk of fate and his amicable ties with the powerful establishment in the coup-prone country.

The 72-year-old President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the younger brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, always played the second fiddle to the 74-year-old party supremo, who returned to Pakistan in October last year, in his bid to script history by becoming the premier for a record fourth time in 2024.

However, the outcome of the February 8 elections crushed Nawaz Sharif’s dream of becoming the prime minister for the fourth time.

The PML-N, which was hoping to form a government on its own, won only 75 seats, trailing behind independent candidates backed by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: in the 336-member National Assembly.

With the election leading to a hung Parliament, the PML-N did not have much of a choice, but to form a coalition government to prevent Khan’s .

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)