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March 5, 2024

Shehbaz Sharif Sworn In as Pakistan’s 24th Prime Minister Amidst Economic Challenges

Amidst daunting economic and security challenges, 72-year-old Shehbaz Sharif took oath as Pakistan’s 24th Prime Minister in a ceremony held at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, the presidential residence, with President Arif Alvi administering the oath. This marks Shehbaz’s second term as Prime Minister, succeeding his previous tenure in 2022.

The oath-taking ceremony follows a recent power-sharing agreement between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to form a coalition government, signifying a collaborative effort to address Pakistan’s pressing issues.

Having previously led a coalition government from April 2022 to August 2023, Shehbaz returns to office amidst significant economic and security challenges. Notable attendees at the ceremony included former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, and other PML-N members, along with PPP leader and Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah.

Shehbaz’s victory in the newly-elected Parliament, with 201 votes out of 336, underscores the confidence placed in him by both the PML-N and the PPP. Despite facing stiff competition, his challenger Omar Ayub Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secured 92 votes, highlighting the contentious nature of Pakistani politics.

The February 8 polls, marked by allegations of vote rigging, resulted in the Sharif-led party’s failure to secure a clear majority, although technically it remains the largest party with 75 out of 265 contested seats. As Shehbaz assumes office, he faces the arduous task of navigating Pakistan’s economic landscape and implementing much-needed reforms.

Addressing Pakistan’s economic woes and bolstering administrative efficiency will be among Shehbaz’s primary responsibilities as Prime Minister. With the country grappling with financial instability, he must make difficult decisions and institute reforms to revitalize the economy and enhance governance.

Shehbaz’s return to power signals a renewed focus on stability and progress, as he endeavors to lead Pakistan through its myriad challenges. As he embarks on his second term, the expectations of the Pakistani people are high, urging him to steer the nation towards prosperity and resilience in the face of adversity.

Rajan Shukla

Rajan Shukla

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