On Monday, Shehbaz Sharif took oath as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan, according to Geo News channel. Sharif took the oath in presence of Senate chairperson Sadiq Sanjarani after President Arif Alvi complained of ‘discomfort’.
Shehbaz Sharif was elected prime minister unopposed after ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on the floor that his party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf will boycott the PM polls.
“Sharif has secured 174 votes… and has been declared as prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” according to the formal result announced by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq who presided over the National Assembly session after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri said his conscience did not allow him to conduct the session.
Shehbaz Sharif emerged as a leader of a united opposition that removed Imran Khan from the post of prime minister after a late-night no-confidence vote on Saturday. Imran Khan upon being sacked as prime minister alleged that it was US’s conspiracy to diminish his government.
Sharif told parliament his incoming government would investigate Khan’s much-hyped allegations of “foreign intervention” upon his removal.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Sharif told lawmakers in parliament after Monday’s election. “We will make sure that we make Pakistan a paradise for investment through wonderful policies.”
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