PM Shehbaz Sharif raises minimum wage of govt employees

ISLAMABAD: In his first speech in the National Assembly as the prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif raised the minimum wage of government employees to Rs. 25,000 which is applicable from April 1.

He further announced that 10% salaries will be increased of all people earning less than Rs. 100,000 per month, with effect from April 1. The premier also announced a 10% increase in civil and military pensions of retired employees.

Following the ouster of PTI chairman Imran Khan from the office of the prime minister, the Opposition’s joint candidate Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan today.

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Shehbaz secured 174 votes as opposed to PTI’s candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.

The premier mentioned that it was for the first time in the history of Pakistan that a prime minister was ousted through the no-confidence motion.

Another among relief measures, PM Shehbaz Sharif said that cheap wheat will be introduced at utility stores, laptops will be provided to the youth, and Benazir Card will be introduced.

Regarding the economy of Pakistan, Shehbaz said if Pakistan were to progress, then it needs to be self-sufficient on the financial front.

“… we will need to protect and respect the nation as neither was anyone a traitor nor are they traitors now,” the prime minister said, noting if Pakistan’s economy were to move forward, then, the government will have to use “dialogue” and not move towards a deadlock.

PM Shehbaz said hard work was required for Pakistan’s progress as if only statements could move the country, then during PTI’s tenure, “we would have been among the leading nations.”

“We will need to wash out the effects of the previous government by working together, otherwise, we will fail […] our economy is in a bad situation right now,” the prime minister said.

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Shehbaz said the new government would take steps to make Pakistan an “investment heaven” for investors as he noted their capital would help the country move forward.

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