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“India seeks peace and stability”: Modi congratulates Pakistan’s new PM

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated new Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif within minutes of him being sworn in. He also said that India desired peace and stability in a region free of terrorism.

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Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to H. E. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. India desires peace and stability in a region free of terror, so that we can focus on our development challenges and ensure the well-being and prosperity of our people.”

Shehbaz Sharif was chosen uncontested as Pakistan’s 23rd prime minister on Monday, putting an end to the political turmoil that has gripped the country since a no-confidence motion was filed against his predecessor, Imran Khan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted new Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif only minutes after being sworn in. In addition, he reiterated India’s desire for peace and stability in a region free of terrorism. Khan on the 8th of March.

After former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party will boycott the election and conduct a walkout, Shehbaz, 70, was the only contender left in the race.

“Sharif has secured 174 votes and has been declared as prime minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” according to the formal result announced by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq who presided over the session after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri said his conscience did not allow him to conduct the session.

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Notably, in the House of 342, the winning candidate should get the support of at least 172 lawmakers.

In his maiden address to the House as the prime minister, Shehbaz, the younger brother of former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said: “We want good ties with India but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved.” He attacked Khan for not making “serious and diplomatic efforts” when India abrogated Article 370 in August 2019.

He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward to address the Kashmir issue so that the two countries could concentrate on tackling poverty, unemployment, shortage of medicines and other issues on the two sides of the border.

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