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PM Modi congratulates his counterpart, Shahbaz Sharif, hopes for a terror-free region 

By wasmulhaq 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Shahbaz Sharif, the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. He further added that India wants peace and stability in a region that should be free from terrorism.

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

Shahbaz elected unopposed

Shahbaz got elected unopposed. He took the oath as the 23rd prime minister of the country. The political uncertainty in Pakistan has finally ended in the neighbouring nation of India. The political uncertainty that has taken place in Pakistan since the introduction of a no-confidence motion in the Pakistan National Assembly against his predecessor, Imran Khan’s party (PTI), on March 8.

Shahbaz Sharif, the veteran politician who earlier served as the governor of Punjab in his brother Nawaz Sharif’s regime, remained the only candidate in the race to get the top post of the country after foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi decided that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party would not participate in voting and staged a walkout.

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Support of 174 members

Shahbaz Sharif bagged the support of 174 members, while 172 was the magical figure to cross the line. This figure proved good enough for him to take charge as the new prime minister of the country. 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.

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

After taking the oath, the new prime minister said, “We want good ties with India, but durable peace is not possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved.” He lashed out at 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, shortages of medicines and other issues on both sides of the border.

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Remember, Shehbaz is the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in London these days, planning to return to Pakistan after Eid, which will fall next month.

 

 

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