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Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif- Elected as 23rd PM of Pakistan

Pakistan’s Parliament elects Shahbaz Sharif is the country’s new prime minister after Imran Khan was ousted in a no confidence vote.

More about opposition leader Shahbaz sharif

Let’s pick up the Pakistan developments now the country’s new prime minister Shahbaz Sharif is a veteran politician. The 70 year old served three terms as the Chief Minister of Punjab, which is home to more than half of Pakistan’s 190 million people. And during his tenure, he was seen as a capable administrator who executed infrastructure and mega projects, including Pakistan’s first modern mass transport system in Lahore. He comes from one of Pakistan’s most powerful political dynasties. His older brother Nawaz Sharif served as prime minister from 2013 to 2017 and Nawaz was deposed in 2017 following corruption allegations, like his brother, Mr. Sharif has faced corruption allegations and even spent time in jail. During Imran Khan’s tenure, he and his son were indicted on charges of money laundering in 2020. Mr. Sharif has rejected charges against him, saying that they were politically motivated.

Some question and answers relating the event

Q1. This was a walkover for Shahbaz Sharif. What his immediate challenges though in terms of delivering a stable government for Pakistani as a slew of challenges ahead.

Answer by Shahzad Hamid Ahmed

A few moments ago the opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was elected as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan in a closed session of the National Assembly. There is still underway in Islam but after the top slot fell weakened when Imran Khan was voted out of power through a no confidence motion on Saturday. The proceedings were delayed today after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) resigned from the 149 National Assembly seats and its members walked out of the session amid intense slowly sloganeering. The opposition’s join candidate and PMLN President Shahbaz Sharif was elected unopposed after PTI Chairman decided not to sit in a parliament. What he claimed were corrupt people and announced to tender in mass resignations.

The National Assembly Secretariat on Sunday announced the acceptance of the nomination papers of Shahbaz Sharif along with former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as the nominee of the PTI. However, the PTI finally decided to boycott the PMs election, which means Shah Mahmood Qureshi was not in the running for the Prime Minister’s slot. Shahbaz Sharif has announced an immediate investigation into the letter gates scandal, where former Prime Minister Imran Khan had alleged that there was a conspiracy hatched from the United States against his government. The United States has denied these allegations.

Q2. We just heard this walkout from Imran Khan’s party. And of course, we’ve got protests in Lahore and Karachi. And of course, Imran Khan himself saying that this is the result of a foreign orchestrated coup, the days ahead for Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, he may be elected, but are they easy?

Answer by Dr. Muhammad Waseem, professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMs)

The things are not going to be easy, just one. Because street has been mobilized by the Prime Minister, let’s say, therefore, the two power blocks are there out in the street. First, there was the demonstration yesterday by the outgoing party that is PTI, followers of Imran Khan. And there were also from the other side, derivations, to show your happiness about whatever has transpired in the last one week or so. So, constitutionally speaking, there has been place in power, a new government, therefore, all is set for the new prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif to govern now, how shall he govern? That is the real problem.

Number one, the controversy is there about the international conspiracy. This is what the PGI is bent upon picking up on the conspiracy that means it’s an imported government that the word use about the new government denying it legitimacy but Will the new prime minister be able to take it on? The strategy seems to be that he will not rough shot it rather let it go with time. That means another two weeks or something, he’ll rather drive to build government. That means the cabinet formation will be his first priority.

Q3. All right, forming cabinet. Now you’ve got this mess walkout. Is that going to be forcing a by elections? That’s one thing. Second thing he has managed temporarily to short interests with PPP a longtime rival because both parties dislike Mr. Imran Khan’s PTI party. But with Mr. Imran Khan out, they have lost their shared enemy. Can they agree enough to form a united front to form this cabinet?

Answer by Dr. Muhammad Waseem, professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMs)

So there are a few options number one, that they try to run the house as it is. That will definitely be a kind of a show without substance because the people at large would like to see the assembly full functioning with the government and the opposition in place that will not be there. So that’s one drawback.

Number two, if they hold elections, which means by elections to fill the seats. There are so many there is 149 seats, more than half the contested seats, which are 272. That means it will be almost a general election, and it might be piped off, again by PGI. So should it be there, that there should be a general election for all the seats that will be announced? These are the two possibilities, which will probably be very much present in the mind of the Prime Minister.

The third way can be which actually applied last time to the Outgoing Prime Minister when he was in opposition. His party had gender had tendered his resignation. And those resignation that those resignations were not accepted, they were 35 of them. And they continue to lie there at the desk. After a while, then finally PTI decided to come back. If PTI comes back, that is an option too.

Q4. Mr. Sharif needs to form a new cabinet. He needs support. So one PPP, which it united with temporarily to oust Mr. Imran Khan, then of course, there’s the military always in the background. How much support does Pakistan’s military give to Mr. Sharif? So two separate questions you can answer that where it’s support likely to come from?

Answer by Dr. Muhammad Waseem, professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMs)

Support definitely at this moment, is going to be from the military establishment. Because both the party that is the party dominant, party Alliance in government, on the one hand and the establishment on the other, both are interested in establishing political stability in the country. They don’t want a phase or kind of a period of instability to take over, particularly because of the financial insecurity which is there all around. So that’s number one, that yes, at this moment. These are the two power blocks which are if not on the same page, as it was said about the last government, they seem to recognize that there is need for support for each other. Secondly, whether PPP and PMLN, the two parties which have been adversaries, would they be able to perform in a United Way?

As long as there is a challenge from Imran Khan on the street and as long as there is no solution of the of the empty seats which need to be filled up, probably they continue to be very much cooperative with each other. And at this moment, I think there is no challenge. How many more months are there for the election that will decide finally. Those months are not many in the in probably in six months or so, that can be the new election, both parties wanted and therefore till that time, they will work together. After that probably they will come and face each other in the field.

Elections have to be due by October 2023.

Terrorism threats- IS group morphs, grows in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Pakistan’s new prime minister, opposition leader shahbaz sharif may also be facing growing security threats posed by the Islamic State group and data from an independent think tank shows Pakistan suffered 52 attacks by militants by late last month now that’s compared to 35 in the same period last year.

According to engineer Basheer, Taliban’s intelligence chief, Whosoever has come here from IS are hiding in the houses and some other places. They have no place in mountains, they are not controlling even 20cm, there is no Daesh, and their central command is no longer existing here.

The Taliban had touted success in repressing the group when it returned to power eight months ago. But Islamic State is to expand beyond their territory in eastern Afghanistan into neighboring Pakistan. Attacks have been stepped up in Pakistan even as they appear to decline in Afghanistan. The suicide bombing at the Shia mosque in Peshawar in March stunned Pakistanis deepening their fears of a resurgence of terror attacks. Terrorism has declined steadily in Pakistan in the past decade. But attacks have risen since last year. With the situation getting worse in recent months.

According to Amir Rana, political analyst, “They have targeted several times to the six community in Afghanistan and they also targeted the Christian churches in Pakistan. And the second biggest they target remain the sectarian communities mainly the Shia communities. This is a common target both in Afghanistan and Pakistan