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Nawaz sworn in as PM


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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — Photo by AFP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Newly-elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif was administered the oath of office by President Asif Zardari on Wednesday, hours after the PML-N chief was voted to lead the National Assembly and form the government at the centre.

A crowd of government officials, military officers, and diplomatic representatives was present at the ceremony at the Presidency.

Following the oath-taking, the caretaker government at the centre stood dissolved.

Sharif was elected the country’s 18th prime minister in a race which also featured Pakistan Peoples Party’s Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s Javed Hashmi.

Sharif won the office by bagging 244 votes with his rivals Fahim and Hashmi securing 42 and 31 votes respectively.

Sharif returned to power after surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile to Saudi Arabia and a government dismissal. His party secured majority in the May 11 elections making him the only leader to assume power for the third time amid hopes and promises that he will steer the country out of crisis.

After being elected to the office of prime minister, Sharif addressed the National Assembly and vowed to fulfill the mandate entrusted upon him by the people of Pakistan.

In his address on the floor of the House, Sharif said time had begun for politics of principles and not of power. He added that the PML-N had embraced the process of change by leaving the field open for Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sharif said the process was also observed in Balochistan where PML-N vacated the field for the representatives of the people of the province.

The prime minister moreover said his government’s priority would be to give the country a solid infrastructure, bring in economic reforms and tackle corruption.

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nasir khilji Jun 05, 2013 10:16pm

That is right, give the country a solid infrastructure, bring in economic reforms and tackle corruption. That is all that is required of this government.... Other than this get out of the way and let private enterprises and initiatives thrive.

Ramesh Manghirmalani Jun 06, 2013 02:20am

Congratulations my friend - May God be with you - we live in civilized world, and world respects you.

ram Jun 06, 2013 03:23am

@nasir khilji: First stroke okay 2nd saved by mushi 3rd is fatal as doctors say

skhn Jun 06, 2013 04:04am

With two-third majority in center and Govt. in Punjab and Baluchistan one can do wonders in naturally blessed Pakistan!! OR in 6-9 months PTI's long march to Islamabad awaiting.... Good Luck!

Ashok R.Prabhu Jun 06, 2013 05:40am

Everyone should wish Mian Nawaz Shariff best of luck in the great task he has undertaken to steer the ship of Pakistan through the storm of hate and Terrorism and bring it safely ashore.We Indians gladly say"Jeeyo aur Jeene Do,Hamesha Khush Raho".

waleed Jun 06, 2013 08:50pm
Ethics matters - Imran khan would never take an oath from Zadari -
abomination Jun 06, 2013 11:15am
Torontonian Desi, delusion is also is a false belief or opinion!
Akhter Jun 06, 2013 05:58am
By selling cheap sugar to India and rebuying at higher price; selling cheap electricity and rebuying at higher price?
Akhter Jun 06, 2013 05:54am
His end is in September 2013; mark my words gentlemen and gentle-ladies
parveen Jun 06, 2013 05:42am
How can a political party shut down businesses and schools,and the whole city.Who has given them right to call a strike.This country needs to wake up,and get the economy moving.Pakistan is a victim of its own political party,whose leader is calling shots sitting thousand of miles away. Is this real?.I hope the new PM does something and be not be scared,like the previous govt.
Saeed Jun 06, 2013 01:25am
Shyam Well said My congrulation to all democratic believer and political parties.
Zinda Jun 06, 2013 01:08am
Good Luck NS sahib. May you bring prosperity and development to our country. PTI Voter and fan
Mustafa Razavi Jun 06, 2013 12:04am
Armed forces should be on alert to see that Sharif brothers don't pull a "Kargil" with our nuclear program.
Mustafa Razavi Jun 06, 2013 12:06am
I am praying that Allah SWT give wisdom and rectitude to it's people to not try the already tested.
Michael Warner Jun 05, 2013 09:36pm
GREETINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUBARAQ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
justforcarp Jun 05, 2013 08:16pm
Congratulations, Mr Prime Minister! Hope you will put your army in its place.
Ghulam Nabi Jun 05, 2013 06:13pm
I am not sure what makes you so hopeful with a PM who was dismissed twice on corruption charges.
Robert Jun 05, 2013 05:48pm
Priority 1, 2, and 3: Make peace with your larger neighbor. And then everything will begin to fall correctly in place. Pakistanis will become prosperous; world will recognize your statesmanship and your citizens will get all the respect they deserve.
tan Jun 05, 2013 05:19pm
Wish him success in the office but not for 1000 years. Too long in power can make any body blind.Believe in democracy and give opportunities to new brains.
abomination Jun 05, 2013 05:45pm
1000 years! hmmm didn't think any one could live that long. Amazing!!! And lets hope its not 'bottom top' nations of the world!
independentthinker Jun 05, 2013 05:13pm
Isn't he the same man who had two chances in the past? What makes us think he will bring Pakistan to "her rightful place among the top nations of the world"? I hope he doesn't rule, but lead Pakistan and change his governing style from the past, so that Pakistan can truly prosper. Let us not put all our hopes in one man - particularly the one who has had an opportunity in the past. I hope he surrounds himself with the right kind of people and brings in changes, that will benefit Pakistan and not just himself and his supporters. Also, i hope he doesn't devote all his attention to settle previous scores, against individuals who have supposedly harmed him.
liaqat hayat Jun 05, 2013 05:08pm
congrates nawaz shareef nd stop the abusers of yours by doing your hard work best of luck nd all the prayers are with u plz take us higher nd higher may Allah help u insha Allah..
O Khan Jun 05, 2013 04:36pm
I doubt he will live up to 1000 years, but don't worry his family is there to take over just like Bhutto's family !! This comment shows even though the British have long gone we still are GHULAM in our mind & can't live without having the elite families ruling us. May Allah give us real freedom.
US CENTCOM Jun 05, 2013 04:28pm
We congratulate the nation of Pakistan on the successful completion of its parliamentary elections. We are very optimistic in regards to the future our partnership. We look forward to a healthy working relationship. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate what President Barack Obama, said recently:
Mustafa Jun 05, 2013 04:12pm
You are not the one whom I would have voted for (I am expatriate). Having said that, you indeed are choice of the majority of our beloved homeland to lead us. And I am bound to respect the choice of OUR people. Will back you up as long as you take steps that are legally, constitutionally correct. Will back you even more if your steps are morally correct too.
Torontonian Desi Jun 05, 2013 03:55pm
Wow, talk about being in denial.
Torontonian Desi Jun 05, 2013 03:57pm
It's called being naive. Unfortunately, us Pakistanis tend to posses that attribute a bit too much.
Kdurrani Jun 05, 2013 03:58pm
Congratulations to the people of Pakistan, PM Nawaz Sharif, President Zardari, and General Kayani for holding general elections in Pakistan. I admire President Zaradri for holding fair elections (where his party lost) and I admire General Kayani for breaking the Army traditions and not taking over, in the name of saving the country. Well done and let's hope for the best.
Mian Kashif Jun 05, 2013 02:18pm
Climax of JHURLO election.
FR Jun 05, 2013 02:35pm
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." It's widely attributed to Albert Einstein which may or may not be true but whoever had said it. it perfectly fits on pakis and specially those who have are hopeful of betterment.
Abdullah Jun 05, 2013 02:25pm
Congratulations Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif! May you rule for a 1000 glorious years and bring Pakistan to her rightful place among the top nations of the world.
abomination Jun 05, 2013 01:53pm
Another 5 years down the drain! I swear my country men are so delusional and yet so optimistic. God bless them!
zobia khan Jun 05, 2013 01:34pm
Congratulations! Mr Prime Minister.
Abdul Jun 05, 2013 02:39pm
I don't think that Sharif's Government will makes any difference to Pakistan especially to the poor people of Pakistan. Like somebody said another five years down the drain.i think its shame and when the people of Pakistan will learn to vote these corrupted people out of office for good.
G.A. Jun 05, 2013 01:31pm
It's a good thing PML won the elections. PTI's victory and their inability to deliver at the centre would have been a big blow to everyone's hopes. Now every party has its little corner in the country to show their policies. I am really hopeful for Pakistan this time around.
painda Jun 05, 2013 01:09pm
not be worry yar all is right :)
ZM Minhas Jun 05, 2013 01:20pm
All the very best and prays from all of us that may Allah (swt) guide you on right path and our beloved country make tremendous progress under your leadership. Ameen
Ali Jun 05, 2013 02:46pm
Congratulations Mr. Prime Minister. Hope you will work hard for the Country and will make Pakistan the best economy in Asia during your first term in office. Promise us that you will care for your Country and will not act like previous PPP regime. God has given you everything in life and the way to thank Allah is to serve his creation to the best of your ability. Refrain from corruption and self indulgence. May Allah give you strength and courage in fulfilling your obligation to the people of Pakistan. Pakistanis are brave people who went through hell in last 5 years. Pakistan Zindabad.
Shyam Kokku Jun 05, 2013 12:50pm
Great day for Pakistan on this democratic transition. People who braved the militant threats in some areas, some even sacrificing their lives, have demonstrated that this time Pakistanis were determined to take democracy a step further at any cost. Some enthusiastic voters who wanted to see Imran Khan as their new leader would have been disappointed at the results, but they should consider themselves victorious as they fully participated in the democratic process. The new PM's job is perhaps the most challenging than that of any other leader in the region in the last few decades. We all should wish him all the best and pray for peace and growth!
AHMAD Jun 05, 2013 12:43pm
I hope The Prime Minister behaves like a true democratic Prime Minister and he sends a clear message to the armed forces and all the ministers that he is the one who will direct the government for the welfare people of Pakistan. Good luck Mr. Prime Minister. May God The Almighty grant you wisdom and good health to do the right job for Pakistan.
Ahmed Jun 05, 2013 12:38pm
Let us hope Nawaz Sharif continues down the path of service to the people that PMLN has set ever since 1947. The hopes of a nation plagued by the musharrafs and zardaris of Pakistan now rest on the broad shoulders of Nawaz Sharif.
Khalid Jun 05, 2013 03:04pm
Congratulations to new PM! I hope this will not be again the same next 5 year rule with empty promises. I wish the new Government a success. If they are able to fulfil 25% of the promises they offered to Nation in their compaign, they will surely be elected again in the next election as well - but whether they would be interested to achive this goal is a big (?). God saves Pakistan.
Cobrajock Jun 05, 2013 03:14pm
Powers that be have already divided Pakistan if you look at the results of these stage managed elections pragmatically. God help us.
MOHAMMAD Jun 05, 2013 03:20pm
Anjum Syed Jun 05, 2013 03:25pm
Hope that PML (N ) will learn from their mistakes of the past two times when they were in power we have heard a lot , time has come for action otherwise they will be booted out next time like what we all have seen the fate of PPP. May Allah bring Peace & Prosperity to Pakistan so that we all can be proud to say we belong to Pakistan no matter what our current status is.
Murtuza Babrawala Jun 05, 2013 03:46pm
Congratulation Third Time PM. I hope he serves the country well by eliminating extremist and terrorist within Pakistan. root out corruption, protect religious minorities, improve and develop friendly relations with India and all other countries and make Pakistan an economic hub of South Asia.