Shehbaz Sharif elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan


Posted on 11 April 2022


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Shehbaz Sharif, the 70-year-old brother of previous Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of the opposition PML-N, was elected unopposed as Pakistan's next Prime Minister, succeeding Imran Khan, who was ousted on Saturday following a no-confidence motion. Imran Khan resigned as a member of the National Assembly before the election of the next Prime Minister, stating that he will not sit in assemblies with "thieves." His party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, boycotted the poll and staged a walkout before resigning en masse, thereby putting an end to any challenge to Mr Sharif's election. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had put forward Shah Mahmood Qureshi as their Prime Ministerial candidate. However, just minutes before the session, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that all PTI lawmakers will resign from the National Assembly and refuse to join any government formed on the basis of a "foreign agenda." This was in response to Mr Khan's claim that the US was conspiring with the opposition to destabilize his government.


Key Points


  • Shehbaz Sharif, the 70-year-old brother of previous Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of the opposition PML-N, was elected unopposed as Pakistan's next Prime Minister, succeeding Imran Khan, who was ousted on Saturday following a no-confidence motion.

  • The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had put forward Shah Mahmood Qureshi as their Prime Ministerial candidate. However, just minutes before the session, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that all PTI lawmakers will resign from the National Assembly and refuse to join any government formed on the basis of a "foreign agenda."


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