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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Amidst controversies , Shehbaz sworn in as PM

The ceremony commenced with the national anthem followed by the prime minister's swearing-in.

Shehbaz Sharif, assumed the position of Pakistan’s 24th prime minister during a prestigious ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad. President Arif Alvi administered the oath to Shehbaz Sharif.

The event saw the presence of notable figures including PPP leaders Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, IPP President Abdul Aleem Khan, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, governors, chief ministers, and the three services chiefs, among others. The ceremony commenced with the national anthem followed by the prime minister’s swearing-in.

In a moment not devoid of drama, Shehbaz Sharif ascended to the position of the 24th Prime Minister of Pakistan on Sunday, wasting no time in addressing the nation’s persistent challenges while aiming for the ambitious target of positioning the country among the esteemed G20 nations by the year 2030.

Returning to power after a brief hiatus since August 2023, Sharif clinched victory decisively, leaving his opponent Omar Ayub with a meager 92 votes, a mere 24 days after the contentious general elections. The pivotal threshold to secure the prime ministerial seat stood at 169 votes.

Concerned about debt, economic crisis 

Shehbaz Sharif, serving as the president of the PML-N and the candidate representing the newly formed coalition, resumes his former role, which he held until August 2023, marking the completion of the National Assembly’s five-year term for the third consecutive time in the nation’s political history spanning over seven decades. In the wake of allegations of electoral irregularities and against the backdrop of formidable economic hurdles, the newly-elected premier has pledged to navigate the country out of crisis, with the ambitious objective of propelling Pakistan into the league of G20 nations by 2030.

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Addressing the National Assembly, Sharif emphasized his party’s commitment to the nation’s well-being, contrasting it with the actions of his adversaries. He denounced the vindictive politics of his opponents, underscoring his party’s dedication to constructive governance. Sharif also voiced concern over the alarming debt crisis plaguing the nation, proposing comprehensive reforms to uplift the economy and ensure self-sufficiency, signaling a resolute determination to lead Pakistan towards prosperity and stability.