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Shahbaz Sharif elected as 23rd Prime Minister

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ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif was elected as 23rd Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is the President of the PML-N. Through No-Confidence Motion, the Prime Minister Imran Khan has been removed on Saturday. Today, Shahbaz Sharif was elected as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan.

Panel of Chair member Ayaz Sadiq, who was chairing the session, announced that Mian Shehbaz Sharif received 174 votes. The PTI members left the parliament before the voting of the new election of the premier.

While chairing the session, Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri also resigned from his post.  Earlier Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressed the parliament.

Earlier his resignation, Qasim Suri presented justification behind his April 3 ruling to dismiss the no-confidence motion against erstwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Speaking on the floor of NA, PTI leader and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi lashed out at joint opposition saying those who criticised each other in past have become united just to oust Imran Khan.

“There are also some people sitting in a joint alliance which played a key role in former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s murder,” he said, adding that they all become united by neglecting the past.

Qureshi announced that he was Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate for the PM slot but the party has decided to boycott the prime minister election process in National Assembly session.

“I am withdrawing as PTI candidate for PM election slot,” the former federal minister announced.

Qureshi further said that MQM-Pakistan was in alliance with PTI and did strong opposition against PPP-led provincial government in Sindh Assembly for 4 years but now they [MQM-P] are supporting the same PPP which baton-charged them in Karachi over local government bill protest.

During Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s speech, opposition benches chanted voting slogans and demanded NA deputy speaker elect new Leader of the House.

The National Assembly Secretariat Sunday accepted the nomination papers of President PML-N Shehbaz Sharif and Vice Chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the slot.

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