In his debut speech as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shehbaz rakes up Kashmir.

Shehbaz Sharif
Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan without opposition on Monday after the candidate nominated by his predecessor Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, announced in parliament that his party would boycott the election and would resign en masse from the National Assembly. Shehbaz stated his priorities as a “fair resolution” of the Kashmir conflict and “good relations” with Pakistan’s neighbour India, as well as the challenge of repairing the country’s battered economy, in his first statements after being elected.
Ayaz Sadiq, a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was tasked with guiding the House through the chaos of the no-trust vote, which took place after midnight on Saturday. He also presided over the election of a new prime minister after deputy speaker Qasim Suri said his “conscience” would not allow him to assume that responsibility.

Shehbaz received 174 votes, which was the exact number of votes needed to overthrow Imran in the no-trust vote. Because of the walkout, Qureshi was unable to draw a conclusion. Because of the PTI’s plan to force all of its parliamentarians to resign, byelections will be required for more than 120 seats in the National Assembly, which has 342 members.
It is Shehbaz’s family’s ancestors who come from the Punjab village of Jati Umra, who believes that Pakistan’s new government will have to rectify the alleged foreign policy mistakes of the previous Imran government, including improving relations with India while continuing to pursue the Kashmir issue. “We will speak out for Kashmiris in every platform in which we can. Asking his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to admit first that “poor, unemployment, and disease exist on both sides of the border,” he said he would provide them with “diplomatic and moral help.” “…..

“Why do we want our children and grandchildren to suffer? Come, let us work together to resolve the Kashmir conflict in accordance with UN resolutions and the expectations of Kashmiris, so that we can put an end to poverty on both sides of the international boundary.”

Additionally, Shehbaz emphasised the necessity of sustaining Pakistan’s connection with China, stating that the previous administration aimed to undermine the alliance between Islamabad and Beijing. He cited relations with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the countries of the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Iran as further areas of concern.

Pakistan’s new prime minister stated that the country would enhance ties with the United States on the basis of equality.

Earlier this week, Shehbaz stated his intention to request that the parliamentary committee on security attend an in-camera briefing on the letter mentioned by Imran as evidence of an attack on his government by a “foreign power.”

“The people of this country want to know whether they have been misled to,” the new prime minister declared, vowing to “leave home” if any proof was discovered to support his predecessor’s conspiracy idea. In his opinion, “this argument should be put behind us.”

Shehbaz claimed that Imran had mismanaged the economy to the point that getting it back on track would be a significant problem for his government. Imran has denied the allegations.

Prior to Imran becoming Pakistan’s prime minister in 2018, the 70-year-old had served three times as chief minister of Punjab, the country’s most populous state. The infrastructure advancements he is credited with during his term are widely acknowledged by the public.

Shehbaz Sharif, like his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, a three-time former prime minister, has been accused of corruption and has served time in prison during Imran’s tenure. As of this writing, he has not yet been found guilty of any of these offences.

Shehbaz’s son Hamza, who appeared in court on Monday in connection with a money laundering case, aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the next chief minister of Punjab province.

Imran, who considers the Sharif and Bhutto-Zardari clans to be part of the dynastic politics of old Pakistan, found solace in the snowballing protests against the dismissal of his government across the country as Shehbaz marked his final stretch. “Never before in our history have such large people come out so spontaneously and in such large numbers, rejecting the imported government run by crooks,” he wrote on Twitter.

Imran says that his political adversaries conspired with the United States to have him removed from power because of his foreign-policy position on Russia and China. The claim has been vigorously opposed by the government of Washington.


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