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Shehbaz Sharif elected 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan

04:57 PM | 11 Apr, 2022
Shehbaz Sharif elected 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan
Source: @shehbazsharif_Instagram

ISLAMABAD – Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been elected as the 23rd Prime Minister in an unopposed contest as former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf walked out from the National Assembly session.

Joint opposition members cast votes in favour of their unanimous candidate Shehbaz Sharif who was elected premier with a majority of votes. Sharif got 174 votes after PTI candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi boycotted the polling process.

The poll took place under the chairmanship of Ayaz Sadiq as deputy speaker Qasim Suri walked out. 

As the voting ends, the acting speaker announced that "Shehbaz Sharif has secured 174 votes, and has been elected as the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."

Joint opposition lawmakers started chanting slogans in favour of PML-N leadership. Ayaz Sadiq then asked Shehbaz to move to the seat of the premier in the house and he moved to the treasury benches amid hullabaloo.

Speaking in his maiden address to the house, the seasoned politician thanked Allah for saving Pakistan. Sharif mentioned that it was the first time in the country's history that a no-confidence motion against a prime minister had been successful.

The development comes days after former Prime Minister Imran Khan lost a no-confidence vote on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Shehbaz Sharif said the first thing he will do as a prime minister of Pakistan will be to unite the nation and end differences.

The 70-year-old politician was born in Lahore, he has served three times as Punjab's chief minister. He previously held the post from 1997-to 1999, and later remained in exile in Saudi Arabia.

PML-N leader along with family spent years of self-exile in Kingdom, returning to homeland in 2007. He was then appointed CM for a second term after the PML-N's victory in the province in the 2008 general polls.

Sharif, the front runner of PML-N, was elected as Chief Minister of Punjab for the third time in 2013 and served his term until his party's defeat in the 2018 polls.

Later, he was nominated as the President of the PML-N after his elder brother Nawaz Sharif was disqualified over corruption charges. He was then nominated as the Leader of the Opposition after the 2018 election.

The newly-elected PM contested the election on multiple seats in last general polls but won from NA-132 (Lahore) only. He also won two Punjab Assembly seats (PP-164 and PP-165).

Previously, he retained the NA-132 seat and was nominated by the PML-N and other opposition parties as their nominee for the premiership but lost the contest to recently ousted PM Imran Khan, who bagged 176 votes.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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