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PM Modi Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif After His Second Term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

PM Modi Congratulates Shehbaz Sharif After His Second Term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

In a significant political development, Shehbaz Sharif has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the second time. The re-election of the seasoned leader has drawn attention from neighboring countries, including India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his warm wishes to Shehbaz Sharif following the official oath-taking ceremony held in Islamabad.

The Oath-Taking Ceremony

On Monday, Shehbaz Sharif officially assumed office at a swearing-in ceremony held at the President’s House in the Pakistani capital. Despite protests from lawmakers aligned with jailed former premier Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif secured the position of prime minister. His return to this role comes after previously holding it from April 2022 to August 2023, when the parliament was dissolved in preparation for the February 8 elections.

Modi’s Congratulations

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Congratulations to @CMShehbaz on being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.” The message reflects the diplomatic acknowledgment of Shehbaz Sharif’s leadership and the importance of stable relations between the two neighboring nations.

A Consensus Candidate

Shehbaz Sharif’s victory was anticipated, given his comfortable majority in the parliament. He garnered support from seven other parties apart from his own party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and the influential Pakistan Army. In the 336-member House, Shehbaz received an impressive 201 votes.

Pledging to Strengthen Ties

In his victory speech in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif emphasized his commitment to building and improving ties with leading nations, including neighboring countries. He stated, “We will keep ties with neighbors on the basis of equality.” Additionally, he called for a resolution in the National Assembly supporting the freedom of Kashmiris and Palestinians.

Indo-Pak Relations

The Indian Express previously reported on Pakistan’s plans to establish a “low-key and low-risk” engagement with India. As part of these efforts, Saad Ahmad Warraich was appointed as the new Charge d’Affaires at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for a three-year term. This move follows Pakistan’s recall of its envoy from New Delhi in 2019 after the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

As the political landscape evolves, both India and Pakistan continue to navigate their complex relationship, seeking avenues for dialogue and cooperation.

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