Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, has pledged to make the country self-sufficient and politically stable, while also promising to seek to increase bilateral trade with Turkey. Shehbaz told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview ahead of his three-day official visit to Ankara that while Islamabad wants to strengthen and broaden its relationship with the US, it is also focused on infrastructure development under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He noted that the two countries' bilateral connections are solidly rooted in common religious, cultural, and linguistic ties and that they transcend political changes on both sides.
To avoid an impending default, the federal cabinet banned the import of roughly 41 products for two months on Thursday, but the solution looks to be insufficient, as it would only reduce the import cost by around $600 million, or less than 5% of expected imports. Cars, phones, cosmetics, cigarettes, food, certain garments, and toiletries will all be affected by the ruling. After a series of talks at the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister's Office, the federal cabinet accepted the summary to limit imports through circulation.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has stated that the country "cannot afford enmity" with the US, adding that Islamabad must develop positive relations with the superpower. The premier's remarks regarding the need to develop relations with Washington came during a press conference on Tuesday evening, following the PTI's claims that the Imran Khan government was deposed by a foreign-funded plot. PM Shehbaz Sharif further stated that, despite the National Security Committee's unequivocal statement that there is no foreign conspiracy, he will consider appointing a judicial commission to investigate the cable controversy.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday that the past Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's power policies were ineffective, claiming that inefficient power generation costs the people Rs100 billion every month. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet had "finished the worst load-shedding in 5 years," the premier stated on Twitter.
According to reports, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari asked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to grant cabinet places to all coalition members in the first phase, with PPP joining in the second phase. According to Baaghi Tv, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PPP co-chairman met PM Shehbaz to finalise the cabinet on Saturday night at PM House. According to insiders, roughly 10-12 ministers are anticipated to take oath on Monday or Tuesday in the first phase of the government.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif launched the Orange Line Metro Bus service from Peshawar Mor to Islamabad on Monday morning, barely days after entering office. PM Shehbaz Sharif addressed the inauguration ceremony in the federal capital, saying, "The former prime minister is worried because I have been elected as the representative [...] I will work at the pace I am used to." "You [Imran Khan] may be concerned about my speed of work, but the people are not."
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is consulting with the leaders of the coalition parties on the formation of his cabinet, according to Baaghi Tv. PM Shehbaz held separate meetings for this purpose with PPP leaders and former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto- Zardari, Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) President and JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MQM-Pakistan leaders, BNP-Mengal Chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal, parliamentary leader of the BAP Khalid Magsi, Jamhoori Watan Party (JW During the discussions, the premier stated his intention to address all public issues jointly in a spirit of unity, cooperation, and mutual confidence.
The National Assembly (NA) is scheduled to elect Pakistan's 23rd prime minister today (Monday), after Imran Khan was removed from office in a no-confidence vote on Saturday night. Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the PTI are the two candidates running for prime minister, with the former having a better chance of winning. The NA session to elect the new House leader, which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will now begin at 2 p.m.
On Monday, the leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif tabled in the National Assembly a no-confidence resolution against PM Imran Khan. Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri presided over this session. After tabling the resolution, Suri announced that debate on the resolution would begin on March 31.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom told the Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 December 2019 that it needed Assets Freezing Orders (AFOs) to begin a high-profile investigation into former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Suleman Sharif's alleged involvement in money-laundering, fraud, corrupt practises, and misuse of public office for the purposes of money-laundering.
Shehbaz Sharif, the head of the opposition in the National Assembly and the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), has said that rising prices and poverty have broken people's backs. However, he emphasised that [Prime Minister] Imran Khan's time had come to an end. On Sunday, he spoke at a public gathering in conjunction with the ongoing Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest movement against the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Shahzad Akbar, the Prime Minister's Adviser on Responsibility and the Interior, accused PML-N President Mian Shehbaz Sharif of using delaying tactics to avoid accountability on Monday. "During his appearance in an accountability court yesterday, Shehbaz Sharif was seen making excuses before the court, pleaded for next hearing and sought leave to attend the National Assembly session. The assembly session has been going on for the last four days, but I could not see him in the assembly [in these days]”, he said while addressing a press conference here.