Nawaz sets history: sworn in as PM for third time


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ISLAMABAD: The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan‚ Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took oath of his office at a simple but dignified ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to the new Prime Minister.

Among others who attended the swearing in ceremony included outgoing caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso‚ former President Rafiq Tarar‚ former Prime Ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf‚ Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani‚ former Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza‚ Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari‚ AJK President Sardar Yaqub Khan‚ AJK Prime Minister Chaudhary Abdul Majeed‚members of the former cabinet‚ members of the parliament‚ services chiefs‚ politicians‚ diplomats and high officials.

Later‚ Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was presented Guard of Honour at his arrival at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.

A smartly turned out contingent of the Armed Forces presented Guard of Honour to him.

The Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour.

National anthem was also played on this occasion.

The Prime Minister was also introduced with the staff of the Prime Minister House.

Earlier‚ the National Assembly elected PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as Leader of the House by the two third majority. He got 244 votes while his opponents Makhdoom Amin Fahim of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians bagged 42 votes and Makhdoom Javed Hashmi of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf secured 31 votes.

It is the first time in the history of the country that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been elected for the slot of Prime Minister for the third time.

Meanwhile‚ Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have congratulated Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his election as Prime Minister.

In their felicitation messages‚ they said election of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was an evidence of trust and confidence of the representatives of the people in his leadership and abilities.

They expressed optimism that under the dynamic and sagacious leadership of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif‚ the country would successfully be steered out of the prevalent challenges.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne and Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday evening and congratulated him on the assumption of the office of the Prime Minister.

Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani also congratulated the nation on peaceful and democratic transition of power.

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