Shehbaz Sharif elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan

PM-elect announces various relief measures for low-income people

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Monday elected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif as Leader of the House, who secured 174 votes. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members boycotted the election process, citing concerns on an international conspiracy in the regime change plot. Member Panel of Chairpersons Ayaz Sadiq, while announcing the result, said, “Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has secured 174 votes and declared to have been elected as the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” He said no vote was polled in the favour of the PTI candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Ayaz Sadiq asked Shehbaz Sharif to take the Prime Minister’s chair in the House. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was the unanimous candidate of the parliamentary parties, including PPPP, PML-N, BAP, MQM, BNP-Mengal, ANP, MMAP and independent candidates in the 341-seat House (excluding a seat that fell vacant due to demise of MNA Khayal Zaman Orakzai) for the slot of Prime Minister. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday vowed to transform the country according to the vision of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, ensuring rule of law and justice in the society. “We will not be revengeful. We will not do injustice to anyone. We will not put the innocent people in jails, but the law will take its course,” he said in his victory speech after ousting the PTI government through a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said there would be no interference in dispensation of justice as the allied parties had great respect for the judiciary. He recalled that opposition leaders including PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif faced jails, adding that he did not want to be stuck up in the bitterness of past and rather “we want to move forward and make Pakistan a great nation, forgetting the past bitterness.” Shehbaz also expressed resolve to mitigate sufferings of the common man and work for welfare of downtrodden segments of the society. He praised allied parties for exhibiting great unity and making the motion against the Prime Minister successful.  Earlier to this, the voting process for the election of new Leader of the House in the National Assembly started here on Monday. Member Panel of Chairpersons Ayaz Sadiq, who was in the chair after Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri took initial proceedings, read out the names of candidates Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Shah Mehmood Qureshi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), whose nomination papers for the top slot were accepted by the National Assembly Secretariat. Following this, he directed to ring the bells for five minutes enabling the House members not present in the Chamber to be present.

 

As the bells stopped ringing, all the entrances to the Lobby were locked for any entry or exit till the completion of the voting process. The chair asked the lawmakers for a simple division to cast their votes in favour of their candidates.

Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is the unanimous candidate of the parliamentary parties including PPPP, PML-N, BAP, MQM, BNP-Mengal, ANP, MMAP and independent candidates in the 341-seat House (excluding a seat that fell vacant due to demise of MNA Khayal Zaman Orakzai) that had secured 174 votes in the no-confidence motion to knock out the PTI government. Earlier, as the House proceedings started, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri, shared some contents of the “Threat Letter” with the members of the National Assembly.

He said as per the decision of the federal Cabinet, the letter would be dispatched to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court, in which Pakistan had been warned of dire consequences in case of failure of no-confidence resolution against Imran Khan. Suri said he had great respect for the apex court, and defended his April 3 ruling saying it was given being a true and patriotic Pakistani besides custodian of the House. On a point of order, Former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and party members for nominating him candidate for the prime minister’s slot. He alleged that opponents of PTI in the National Assembly had no common agenda, terming them an unnatural alliance having different ideologies. He alleged that Imran Khan’s government had been toppled under an international conspiracy. He also counted his government’s achievements on economic, social and health sectors. Expressing concerns over the international conspiracy, he announced to boycott the election process of Leader of the House and resignation of PTI members in protest of regime change plot.

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