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Pakistan Crisis Highlights: PM Modi congratulates new Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif

Pakistan Political Crisis Highlights, New Pak Prime Minister to be Elected Today, Shah Mahmood Qureshi vs Shehbaz Sharif News, 11 April 2022: Ahead of the voting to elect the new Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) boycotted the procedure.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 12, 2022 7:43:41 am
Pakistan's prime minister Shehbaz Sharif speaks after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a new prime minister, at the national assembly, in Islamabad, Pakistan April 11, 2022. (Pakistan National Assembly/Handout via REUTERS)

Imran Khan No-Trust Vote Highlights: Soon after leader of Opposition in Pakistan Parliament Shehbaz Sharif was elected the new prime minister, his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi congratulated him on his post. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.

In his address to Pakistan Parliament after being elected as the country’s 23rd prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said he wanted “good relations” India, but also brought up the Kashmir issue. “We want good relations with India but a durable peace can’t be possible without Kashmir’s solution,” Shehbaz was quoted as saying by Reuters.

PML-N leader Shehbaz Shariff was elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan through a voting in the country’s National Assembly, Dawn newspaper reported. After being elected as PM, Sharif said good has prevailed over evil and vowed to “resign and go home if conspiracy is proved in letter controversy”. Ahead of the voting, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) boycotted the procedure. PTI PM candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced the boycott of voting to elect new Pakistan premier. The PTI lawmakers resigned from the Parliament and staged a walkout.

 

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Pakistan Political Crisis Live Updates: Opposition parties nominate PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif as PM candidate; Shah Mahmood Qureshi to take him on as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate; Follow this space for all live updates:

22:22 (IST)11 Apr 2022
PM Modi congratulates new Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif

Soon after leader of Opposition in Pakistan Parliament Shehbaz Sharif was elected the new prime minister, his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi congratulated him on his post. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.

19:51 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Shehbaz Sharif: 'Want good ties with India, but durable peace not possible without solving Kashmir'

In his address to Pakistan Parliament after being elected as the country’s 23rd prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said he wanted “good relations” India, but also brought up the Kashmir issue.

“We want good relations with India but a durable peace can’t be possible without Kashmir’s solution,” Shehbaz was quoted as saying by Reuters.


Terming his predecessor Imran Khan’s “foreign conspiracy to ouster government” claims as “drama”, Shehbaz vowed to resign if Imran’s allegations were proved. Read full story here


19:27 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Sharif calls on Modi to resolve Kashmir dispute

"I'll advise PM Modi to understand that there is poverty on both sides. I call upon Modi to come and resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue and then let's fight poverty together," ANI quoted newly elected Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif as saying.

19:26 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Want good ties with India, cannot happen without peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute: Sharif

"We want good ties with India but it cannot happen without a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir question. We will raise the issue of Kashmir on every international platform," ANI quoted newly elected Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif as saying.

18:26 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Faux Pas in Pak Parliament: Speaker confuses Shehbaz Sharif with Nawaz Sharif

Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly confuses Shehbaz Sharif with brother Nawaz Sharif.

18:11 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Will resign and go home if conspiracy proved: Sharif

"I will resign and go home if conspiracy is proved in letter controversy," Sharif said in Parliament after his election as Pakistan PM.

18:10 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Pakistan's National Security Committee would be briefed on controversial letter: Sharif

Terming Imran Khan's "foreign conspiracy" claims as "drama", Sharif said Pakistan's National Security Committee would be briefed on controversial letter related to so-called foreign conspiracy.

18:08 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Good has prevailed over evil: Shehbaz Sharif after being elected as Pak PM

After being elected as Pakistan PM, Shehbaz Sharif said good has prevailed over evil. 

17:55 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Shehbaz Sharif elected new prime minister

PML-N leader Shehbaz Shariff was elected as the new Pakistan Prime Minister through a voting in Pakistan National Assembly, reported Dawn newspaper. Ahead of the voting, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) boycotted the procedure. PTI PM candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced the boycott of voting to elect new Pakistan premier. The PTI lawmakers resigned from the Parliament and staged a walkout.

17:18 (IST)11 Apr 2022
In Parliament, Qureshi announces boycott of voting to elect new Pakistan premier

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was named by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as its candidate, announced boycott  of voting to elect new Pakistan premier. The PTI lawmakers resigned from the Parliament and staged a walkout.

16:40 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Imran Khan-led PTI boycotts election of Pakistan PM

Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf boycotted the election of new Pakistan PM adn walked out of the Parliament. 

16:20 (IST)11 Apr 2022
National Assembly session to elect new prime minister begins

The Pakistan National Assembly session for election of a new prime minister has commenced with Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri in the chair. Pakistan’s Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif is likely to bag the top post after being nominated for it following the ouster of Imran Khan.

15:24 (IST)11 Apr 2022
'We are resigning,' says Imran Khan

Ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan says, "We are resigning." Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers will resign from National Assembly and fight for freedom, confirms Imran Khan's aide Fawad Chaudhry.

15:09 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Visuals from outside Pakistan National Assembly in Islamabad

After Imran Khan lost the trust vote on Saturday midnight, the Pakistan National Assembly is set to elect a new Prime Minister today.

13:23 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Names of six Imran Khan aides added to stop list: Report

The names of six key aides of ousted prime minister Imran Khan have been put on a stop list by Pakistan's top investigation agency to prevent them from leaving the country, according to a media report on Monday. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) placed the names of the six on the "stop list' on Sunday after Khan's ouster as prime minister by the joint Opposition through a no-confidence vote, Geo News reported, citing sources. Being on the list bars them from travelling abroad without permission. Khan's former principal secretary Azam Khan, ex-special assistant on political communication Shahbaz Gill, ex-adviser on interior and accountability Shahzad Akbar, Director-General Punjab Gohar Nafees, and DG Federal Investigation Agency Punjab Zone Mohammad Rizwan's names have been added to the list, the report said. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's head of social media Arsalan Khalid's name has also been added to the list.

The FIA had introduced a system of "stop list" in 2003 to stop unwanted people from trying to leave the country in the shortest possible time as placing someone's name on the Exit Control List takes a longer time. (PTI)

12:15 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan after Eid: PML-N leader

Deposed Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return from London next month after Eid, a senior PML-N leader has said, amid a whirlwind of political developments that have embroiled the country following Imran Khan's ignominious ouster from power.

Mian Javed Latif said a decision on PML-N supremo and the three-time prime minister Sharif's anticipated return will be discussed with the coalition partners. All decisions would be first brought up with constituent parties of the coalition, The Express Tribune newspaper quoted him as saying.

Eid will be celebrated in the first week of May. Several corruption cases had been launched by the government of ex-prime minister Khan against the 72-year-old supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz since his ouster from the office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 in the Panama Papers case. Sharif in November 2019 left for London after the Lahore High Court granted him a four-week permission allowing him to go abroad for his treatment. (PTI)

11:26 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Imran Khan thanks supporters for protests

Imran Khan has thanked his supporters for their participation in rallies held across Pakistan and abroad to protest against his ouster as prime minister and the formation of a "US-backed regime" in Islamabad. Protest rallies were held in different Pakistani cities after 9 pm on Sunday and continued for several hours on the call of Khan. “Thank you to all Pakistanis for their amazing outpouring of support & emotions to protest against US-backed regime change abetted by local Mir Jafars to bring into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail. Shows Pakistanis at home & abroad have emphatically rejected this,” Khan tweeted on Sunday. Earlier on Sunday, ousted prime minister Khan tweeted that “today marked the beginning of a freedom struggle” against what he said was a “foreign conspiracy of regime change” in Pakistan. In an attempt to galvanise his supporters, he said “it is always the people who protect their own sovereignty and democracy”.

10:55 (IST)11 Apr 2022
New dawn has started for Pakistan: Shehbaz Sharif

After submitting his nomination to the legislature, Shehbaz Sharif said Imran Khan’s departure was a chance for a new beginning in Pakistan. Shehbaz, the centrist Pakistan Muslim League-N party chief, is widely expected to be named the country’s new prime minister on Monday. “A new dawn has started … This alliance will rebuild Pakistan,” Shehbaz told parliament on Sunday. His first tasks will be to repair relations with the powerful military as well as the United States, and tend to a faltering economy.

10:37 (IST)11 Apr 2022
Who is Shah Mahmood Qureshi, nominated for Pakistan’s PM by Imran Khan?

Amidst the political turmoil in Pakistan, the country’s former Foreign Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s Vice-President Shah Mahmood Qureshi filed his nomination for the position of Prime Minister, after Imran Khan was ousted from the post through a no-confidence vote for the first time in the country. Qureshi’s nomination was proposed by Amir Dogar and seconded by Maleeka Bokhari. But, who is he? Read More

10:21 (IST)11 Apr 2022
India-Pakistan ties may see ‘diplomatic opening’

With Shehbaz Sharif set to be the next Pakistan Prime Minister, New Delhi is watching the developments in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore with “cautious optimism” about a headway in bilateral ties. Top sources said the change in regime may offer a “diplomatic opening”. According to sources in the strategic establishment, the implications may be far-reaching. Read our Explainer to get a detailed understanding of how the bilateral ties may evolve.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 23, 2022. (AP/PTI)

The joint Opposition – a rainbow of socialist, liberal and radically religious parties – named 70-year-old Sharif for the premier’s post while ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was named by Khan’s PTI as its candidate. The PTI has decided to withdraw its lawmakers from the National Assembly and launch a movement against the new upcoming government, which is likely to be headed by Sharif, who has served as the Chief Minister of Punjab three times.

Explained: What Imran Khan’s ouster means for India

It’s 10 April, 1973, that Pakistan’s parliament approved its Constitution. On April 10, Pakistan’s parliament passed the Opposition’s no-trust motion against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, with 174 members in the 342-strong house voting in favour of the resolution.

This meant that Imran Khan is no longer the Pakistan PM.

From New Delhi’s perspective, here are seven important takeaways.

Pakistan’s democracy:

Pakistan’s democracy, a flawed one, is still a “guided democracy”. After a chaotic week of moving no-trust motions and Supreme Court judgements, the Pakistan parliament — after days of back and forth — was able to prevail and oust the incumbent government in Pakistan.

While this is the first time that a sitting PM in Pakistan has been voted out, that has been a normal occurrence in India. This means that democracy in Pakistan is gradually finding its feet.

Citing India’s ‘self-respect’, Imran Khan appeals to Pakistan

Hours before facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday seemed to accept the writing on the wall and urged his supporters to stage peaceful protests across the country when the “new imported government” comes into power Sunday.

In an address to the nation on the eve of a no-trust motion he has little chance of defeating, Khan, 69, cited the example of India as a “self-respecting nation” (khuddar qaum) which no world power can dictate terms to.

He expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court reversing the National Assembly deputy speaker’s rejection of the no-trust motion against him.

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