Shahbaz to be 23rd PM today, Imran may announce resign en-mass
ISLAMABAD: The next and 23rd prime minister of Pakistan will be Shahbaz Sharif, a joint candidate of combined opposition of the country and will be elected today (Monday), the number of game in National Assembly confirmed. He himself submitted his nomination papers at the Parliament Secretariate for the highest portfolio today (Sunday).
His rival candidate is PTI leader and former foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi whose nomination papers were submitted were submitted on his behalf by his son Zain Qureshi and MNAs Aamir Dogar and Malika Bukhari who will be the candidate of PTI and its allies.
According to a latest report, PTI challenged the papers of Shahbaz Sharif and raised some technical objections but later on the papers of both candidates were accepted.
The no-confidence motion bagged 174 votes and about 20 dissidents were not used thus it is expected that Shahbaz Sharif will get support of more than two hundred lawmakers.
Former prime minister Imran Khan arrived his residence Bani Gala late night without meeting his ministers and others who reached PM House. Later, these people disallowed to enter the building and sent back.
Attorney General Khalid Anwar has also resigned today. Speaker and Deputy Speaker of National Assembly have already resigned yesterday. The rest of proceedings of the House was chaired by PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq who was also the Speaker of former National Assembly.
It is pertinent to mention here that not a single civilian prime minister of Pakistan could complete his/her constitutional tenure. Imran Khan justed completed 3 years 7 months and 23 days.
PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif has said in an interview on Sunday that he wants peaceful and good relations with India but these is also a fact that without solution of Kashmir issue, peace can’t be established.
Shehbaz Sharif, the frontrunner as the next Pakistani prime minister, on Sunday vowed to uphold the constitution and ensure the rule of law in Pakistan as the country’s parliament voted PM Imran Khan out, expressing its lack of confidence in him.
Khan dodged a no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament last Sunday, but the country’s top court ruled the steps were “unconstitutional” and reinstated the National Assembly.
The former cricket star-turned-politician was eventually voted out late last night during a much-delayed session of parliament. In the 342-member lower house of parliament, 174 lawmakers favored the no-trust motion against him.
“Now once again, the Pakistan of law and the constitution is born,” Shehbaz, brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said in a speech after the vote. “We want to move forward and make Pakistan great again.”
Shehbaz, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, has been informally nominated by the opposition to be its candidate for the next prime minister.
“We will not be revengeful. We will not do injustice to anyone,” the PM hopeful was quoted as saying by the state-run APP news agency. “We will not put the innocent people in jails, but the law will take its course.”
He said he did not want to be stuck up in the bitterness of the past and rather wished to move forward and make the country a great nation.
The Pakistan parliament is scheduled to meet on Monday to vote for the new prime minister.
Candidates for the post of prime minister can file their nomination papers by 11am local time (0600 GMT) on Sunday, said Ayaz Sadiq, who presided over the assembly session in the absence of the ruling party members and its designated speakers.
As per rules, parliament can continue to function till the completion of its five-year tenure in August 2023, after which a general election is due within 60 days.
The new prime minister can also immediately call a general election without having to wait until 2023.
Khan lost his parliamentary majority in recent days after defections by lawmakers of his own party as well as his coalition partners.
The opposition blamed him for the economic woes, foreign policy failures and poor governance in the country.
Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday vowed to transform the country according to the vision of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, ensuring rule of law and justice in the society.
“We will not be revengeful. We will not do injustice to anyone. We will not put the innocent people in jails, but the law will take its course,” he said in his victory speech after ousting the PTI government through a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said there would be no interference in dispensation of justice as the allied parties had great respect for the judiciary.
He recalled that opposition leaders including PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif faced jails, adding that he did not want to be stuck up in the bitterness of past and rather “we want to move forward and make Pakistan a great nation, forgetting the past bitterness.”
Shehbaz also expressed resolve to mitigate sufferings of the common man and work for welfare of downtrodden segments of the society.
He praised allied parties for exhibiting great unity and making the motion against the Prime Minister successful.