Former Pakistan PM’s Wife seeks Parliamentary Seat

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The wife of the previous Prime minister of Pakistan Kulsoom Nawaz has announced she is running for her husband’s parliamentary seat.

She will fight for the seat her husband was pushed out last month when involved in the Panama papers scandal.

Mr Sharif quit after the newspapers exposed his children were connected to offshore businesses that owned homes in London. He has continued to deny any misconduct.

However, Pakistan’s Supreme Court excluded him from office after ruling Mr Sharif had been deceitful in not revealing his earnings from a Dubai-based company in his selection papers throughout the 2013 general election.

Kulsoom’s nominee papers for her husband’s previous electorate in Lahore were filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.

She hasn’t run for office beforehand, but the faction is hopeful she will earn “big majority” in the by-election, which will happen in 42 days.

This seems to be a plan change for the family, who initially said that Mr Sharif’s younger brother would run for the seat, and then premiership.

Last week, the ruling party elected Sharif loyalist Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister.

But it has been well-known that he will claim office until elections next year.

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