Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s 23rd Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD: Following the ouster of chairman PTI Imran Khan from the PM’s office, Shehbaz Sharif, the Opposition’s joint candidate was elelcted as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday. 

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 poll took place under the chairmanship of PML-N MNA Ayaz Sadiq, two days after the lower house of Parliament voted in favour of removing Imran Khan from office, following a 14-hour standoff between the Opposition and Khan’s ruling party that started on Saturday morning.

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The Monday session formally started after a brief delay with the recitation of the Holy Quran and naat, with NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri in chair.

Taking the floor, the newly elected prime minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked the Almighty Allah for His countless blessings.

He mentioned that Almighty Allah has protected the country which was also because of the hectic efforts of the leaders of the joint Opposition members.

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.

Terming today a “historic day”, he mentioned that the happiness of the people can be seen through the economic indicators. Shehbaz said that the rupee regained its value, which was trading at Rs. 19o per dollar and closed at Rs. 182 per dollar today.

“Imran Khan was the person who said that when rupee gains Rs. 1 against the US dollar then the prime minister of this country is a corrupt person, now he should see that the rupee has recovered around Rs. 8,” he said.

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He acknowledged that the Supreme Court’s “unanimous” decision saying that the day when the apex court gave its judgement should be marked as a “historic day” in the history of Pakistan.

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