Premiership of Shehbaz Sharif

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On 10 April 2022, Shehbaz Sharif was nominated as candidate for Prime Minister of Pakistan by opposition parties following a vote of no confidence in incumbent prime minister Imran Khan during the 2022 Pakistani constitutional crisis.[1][2] He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 11 April 2022.[3][4]

Background[edit]

2022 Pakistan economic crisis leads to political instability, The struggle was also joined by several dissident members of Khan's own party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). On 10 April 2022, the coalition succeeded to oust Khan through a no-confidence motion, after which the Pakistan Democratic Movement formed its own government, choosing the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif as the country's prime minister.[5]

Reaction[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party leader and former PM Imran Khan refused to concede defeat in the no confidence motion.

International[edit]

  • India Indian prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sharif, tweeting "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."[6][7]
  • Russia Russian president Vladimir Putin congratulated Sharif but also slammed the United States for alleged interference in Pakistan's affairs for its "own selfish purposes".[8][9]
  • United Kingdom British prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Sharif, tweeting "Congratulations to @CMShehbaz on his election as Prime Minister of Pakistan. The UK & Pakistan have a longstanding relationship and our people share deep ties. I look forward to working together on areas of shared interest."[13]
  • United States US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Sharif in a statement saying "The United States congratulates newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and we look forward to continuing our long-standing cooperation with Pakistan's government. The United States views a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as essential for the interests of both of our countries."[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pakistan to Vote in New PM as Ousted Khan Rallies Supporters". Bloomberg News. 11 April 2022.
  2. ^ Shahzad, Asif; Hassan, Syed Raza (11 April 2022). "Political change in Pakistan as Shehbaz Sharif seeks to become PM". Reuters – via www.reuters.com.
  3. ^ "Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Opposition Leader, Elected New PM". NDTV.com.
  4. ^ "Shehbaz Sharif elected prime minister of Pakistan". DAWN.COM. 11 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Shehbaz Sharif Becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  6. ^ Modi, Narendra [@narendramodi] (11 April 2022). "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" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 13 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Haidar, Suhasini (12 April 2022). "PM Modi congratulates Pakistan's new PM Shehbaz Sharif". The Hindu.
  8. ^ "Russia's Putin congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on becoming Pakistan's PM".
  9. ^ "Russia slams US attempt at'interference' in Pakistan affairs". www.thenews.com.pk.
  10. ^ "Saudi Crown Prince Salman telephones PM Shehbaz Sharif".
  11. ^ "Erdoğan congratulates Pakistan's new Prime Minister Sharif". Daily Sabah. 12 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Erdoğan congratulates Pakistan's new prime minister - Turkey News".
  13. ^ "Britain's Boris Johnson seeks to work with PM Shehbaz Sharif".
  14. ^ "US congratulates new Pakistan PM Sharif". 13 April 2022.