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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paying day-long visit to Karachi today


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KARACHI: Newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is paying his first visit to Karachi on Wednesday (today), where he was received by Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and other leaders.

PPP’s Manzoor Wassan, Nasir Hussain Shah, Mir Shabbir Bijarani, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Gayan Chand Israni, Zia Shah, Fayaz Ali Butt, Awais Qadir Shah, Shehla Raza, Ismail Rahoo, Jam Khan Shoro, Murtaza Wahab were also present on the occasion.

The PM’s special flight landed at the PAF Faisal Air Base. He is accompanied by PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Miftah Ismail, MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, JUI-F’s Maulana Asad Mehmood and others.

Soon after his arrival, the Prime Minister along with the leaders of allied parties paid his respects at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam. He also laid floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha, Radio Pakistan reported.

Later, the premier will preside over a consultative meeting at CM House to discuss the developmental projects in the metropolis. Other than that, the prime minister will also hold discussions regarding the law and order situation in Sindh.

According to the MQM-P, Prime Minister Shehbaz will also visit the party’s office in Bahadurabad at 2pm to meet the party leaders.

Shehbaz Sharif elected as 23rd PM of Pakistan

Following the ouster of PTI chairman Imran Khan from the office of prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif — who was the Opposition’s joint candidate — was elected as the 23rd premier of Pakistan on Monday.

Shehbaz secured 174 votes 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.

India’s Modi, Turkey’s Erdogan, Russian President Putin congratulate Shehbaz

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday congratulated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on becoming the 23rd premier of Pakistan.

In his congratulatory message to Shehbaz on Twitter, PM Modi said: “Congratulations to H. E. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, in a telephonic conversation with Shehbaz, Turkish President Erdogan told the newly-elected prime minister that he was “extremely happy” about him being elected as the premier.

Apart from that, Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated the premier. According to the Russian embassy in Pakistan, Putin expressed hope that Shehbaz’s activities will “contribute to further development of the Pakistan-Russia cooperation and partner interaction on the Afghan settlement as well as countering international terrorism.”

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