Nagpur: Just a few hours after getting elected as the Pakistan prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif in his inaugural speech on Monday raised the issue of abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir.
Sharif alleged that people in Kashmir were bleeding and assured Pakistan will provide them with ‘diplomatic and moral support.’ Sharif replaced Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan after a high-stage political drama in the nation.
The 70-year-old prime minister also said that he wanted Pakistan to have good relations with India but this cannot be achieved without the resolution of the Kashmir issue. While addressing the nation, he said neighbours are not a matter of choice and it is something we have to live with and unfortunately Pakistan’s ties were never good since its inception.
He further attacked former prime minister Imran Khan for not making serious and diplomatic efforts when India abrogated Article 370 in August 2019.
Who is Shebaz Sharif?
Sharif has served as the chief minister of Punjab which is Pakistan’s most populous province, prior to Imran Khan coming into power in 2018. Sharif is currently the Leader of Opposition and leaders the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN). He has made his reputation for efficiency and being hardworking.
Shebaz Sharif is the younger brother of three-time former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif who was seen leading the charge against Imran Khan in the past few weeks. The leader of the opposition was elected to the National Assembly in 1990. The brothers, Sharif and Nawaz had to spend several years in exile in Saudi Arabia. They were accused of corruption.
Shebaz then returned to Pakistan in 2007, post which he was nominated for the post of PML-N president in 2017, when his brother was found guilty of concealing assets related to the Panama papers. In 2008, Shebaz was appointed as the chief minister of Punjab province after PML-N gained victory in the elections.
With the support of almost 176 legislatures in the 342-member assembly. Sharif will likely be the prime minister of Pakistan till the time polls aren’t conducted till October 2022.