Shehbaz Sharif takes oath as country’s 24th premier

ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif took was sworn in as 24th prime minister of the country here on Monday.

President Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath to the newly-elected prime minister in a ceremony held at President’s House Islamabad. Several dignitaries including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir attended the ceremony.

The oath taking ceremony also witnessed the presence of leaders of the country’s mainstream political parties such as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Mutahidda Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), among others.

Present in the ceremony were PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan — Maryam Nawaz, Murad Ali Shah and Sarfraz Bugti.

Ambassadors and diplomats from different countries were also present at the venue.

Following the oath-taking ceremony, the prime minister was presented with a guard of honour.

Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the prime minister on Sunday, retaining the title after his 16-month-long stint in the top coveted position from April 2022 to August 2023.

This is the second time that Shehbaz will serve the nation as the premier after receiving 201 votes against his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) opponent Omar Ayub Khan who got 92 votes in a ruckus-marred session of the Parliament’s lower house.

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