Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari today administered the oath of office to Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, after the later was elected as the leader of the house by the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Mian Nawaz Sharif obtained 244 votes, while PPP’s Makhdoom Amin Faheem and PTI”s Makhdoom Javed Hashmi were able to bag 42 and 31 votes, respectively.
In his first address at the national assembly Mian Nawaz Sharif promised that he will cooperate with the provincial governments and that the foundations of a “new Pakistan” have been laid by allowing PTI to form its government in Khyber-Pakhunkhawa. He also said that the appointment of non-PMLN Governor and Chief Minister in Balochistan is also a sign that the new Pakistan has moved beyond old rivalries and politics of power. “We have started government of principles and values”, he said.
The session in National Assembly was also addressed by Makhdoom Amin Faheem and Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who congratulated Nawaz Sharif for becoming the new prime minister.
He also said that Gawadar Port will be connected to China, through Khunjerab National Park, by construction of a railway track.
The oath-taking ceremony in the Aiwan-e-Saddar was attended by former PMs, current and former chief ministers of the provinces and heads of the Pakistan Army, Air Force and Pakistan Navy, among others.