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Shehbaz Sharif takes oath as prime minister of Pakistan

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  • Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani administers the oath to Shehbaz Sharif.
  • Shehbaz was elected as the premier after the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
  •  President Alvi missed the ceremony after he complained of “discomfort”.

ISLAMABAD: Shehbaz Sharif took oath on Monday as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan.

He was administered the oath by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani as President Arif Alvi complained of “discomfort”, according to the president’s Twitter account, hours before the oath-taking ceremony.

Shehbaz was elected as the premier after the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan through a no-confidence motion. 

Earlier in the day, Shehbaz secured 174 votes in the NA as opposed to PTI’s candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.

The poll took place under the chairmanship of MNA Ayaz Sadiq, two days after the lower house of Parliament voted in favour of removing Imran Khan from office, following a nearly 14-hour standoff between the Opposition and Khan’s ruling party that started on Saturday morning.

Shehbaz’s profile

Shehbaz is the longest-serving chief minister of the Punjab province, having served on the post three times since he began his political career nearly four decades ago.

Sharif is the son of Mian Muhammad Sharif, a well-known businessman, and the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan.

Shehbaz is a graduate of the Government College in Lahore. He first came into the spotlight in 1985, when he was appointed the president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

But his foray into politics began in 1988 when Sharif was elected as a member of the Punjab assembly (MPA). He served for a short stint, till 1990 when the assembly was dissolved.

The same year, he contested and won a national assembly constituency and became a member of the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament. In 1993, he again returned to the Punjab assembly and was appointed leader of the opposition till 1996.

Then in 1997, Sharif won a Punjab constituency for the third time and went on to become the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most politically important province. However, after the military overthrew the PML-N government, Sharif was imprisoned and later sent into exile for eight years.

Returning in 2008, Sharif was again elected as a member of the Punjab assembly and then became chief minister for a second term. This time he served his full term as chief minister.

After the general polls in 2013, Sharif returned as chief minister of his home province. While in the 2018 polls, he decided to retain his national assembly seat and was nominated as the leader of the Opposition.

In 2019, Shehbaz Sharif declared his net wealth to be Rs100,725,909 to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), including investments in Hudabiya Engineering, Hamza Spinning Mills and Hudabiya Paper Mills as well as agricultural properties in Sheikhupura and Lahore.  

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Mild rain in Lahore improves the weather

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Early on Friday, light rain in the province capital Lahore and its surrounding areas improved the weather.

But rain also led to power outages in several areas of Lahore, as multiple feeders of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) blew, leaving whole sections of the city without power.

Details show that rain was observed in a number of locations throughout the city, including Model Town, Gulberg, Garden Town, Mall Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Gulshan Ravi, Jail Road, and Sanda.

However, the Met Office has forecasted an additional day of rain for the city during the next 24.

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The government will begin coordinated action against lawbreakers in the Katcha region

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On Friday, Mohsin Naqvi, the interior minister, announced that the government would begin a coordinated operation in the Katcha region to eradicate the miscreants for good.

He stated that collaborative efforts in the Katcha region will make use of contemporary technologies, including drones.

According to Mohsin Naqvi, all security agencies, including the police, should make sure that SOPs are fully implemented in order to protect Chinese nationals living in Pakistan.

He declared that any carelessness in this respect will not be accepted at all while presiding over a meeting to review the National Action Plan’s implementation at NACTA headquarters in Islamabad.

According to Naqvi, failure to follow the SOPs for the safety of foreign nationals will result in severe disciplinary action.

“We have to outfit our departments with cutting-edge technology to eradicate terrorism,” stated the interior minister. He declared that the provinces will receive all the assistance from the federation in this area.

Anti-state forces will be permanently driven out of the Katcha region, according to Naqvi. The interior minister expressed satisfaction with the anti-smuggling operations and stated that all ministries need to make sure that smugglers face stern legal action.

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COAS Asim Munir is called by the Saudi assistant minister of defense.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Asim Munir was visited at GHQ by Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Defense Minister, Major General (Engineer) Talal Bin Abdullah Al-Otaibi.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated in a statement that topics of mutual interest and steps to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation, such as military training and defense production, were discussed during the discussion.

The COAS reaffirmed the army’s ongoing commitment to helping the Royal Saudi Land Forces develop their capabilities.

The dignitary in attendance expressed gratitude for the Pakistan Army’s valiant efforts in combating terrorism and for its significant contributions to maintaining peace and security in the region.

Additionally, the visiting dignitary took part in the GHQ 5th Meeting of Pakistan-KSA Defense Collaboration.

The event covered issues pertaining to regional and international security as well as how they affect the armed forces. Forum stated that defense industry collaboration in crucial capacities between the two fraternal nations is necessary due to the rapid improvements in modern technologies.

The determination of both parties to strengthen defense cooperation with a targeted strategy to target certain capabilities in the land, air, and sea domains was reaffirmed.

In this regard, the conference discussed specific recommendations in order to achieve measurable goals within the given timeframes.

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