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After weeks of political turmoil and uncertainty that led to the removal of Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan from the prime minister’s office by a vote of no confidence, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president, Shahbaz Sharif, has been sworn in as prime minister. Sharif entered the post at a critical juncture, gaining momentum in the faltering economy, disrupting foreign relations and a polarized domestic front. Sharif will have to face these challenges as he stands on the fragile coalition of 11 political parties holding hands in an attempt to oust Imran Khan but opposed political views in another way. With the new elections planned for 2023, the Sharif government should avoid getting into a state of firefighting and avoid attracting short-term goals by putting the country on the path to solving the deep-seated problems that have led to recent politics in a critical situation. On the other hand, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has demanded an “immediate election” in the country, hours after Shahbaz Sharif took oath as the 23rd Prime Minister of the country. Taking to Twitter, Imran Khan who is the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said, “Let the people decide, through fair and free elections, whom they want as their prime minister. “We are demanding immediate elections as that is the only way forward — to let the people decide, through fair & free elections, whom they want as their prime minister,”. Since he left the office, the other party members resigned from their respective positions, they are holding political rallies, Jalsas in different cities of Pakistan, where massive public participation is an alarming bell for the current government. Khan is getting huge public support after the success of the no-confidence motion which seems to increase the popularity of the former Prime Minister twice as compared to the previous general elections. Many political leaders and analysts asking for new general elections, as a sole solution to the pollical stability in Pakistan.

 

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