Pakistan, Islamabad News : After surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile to Saudi Arabia and a government dismissal, third time lucky chief of PML (N) returns to power today. Nawaz Sharif has 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.The National Assembly will elect the country’s 18th prime minister.
Sharif’s election to the office of premier is a foregone conclusion as other candidates which include Pakistan Peoples Party’s Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s Javed Hashmi lack the numbers to get elected.
During his campaign for the May 11 elections, 62-year-old Sharif had vowed that his party would turn Pakistan into a new, modern and developed country if the people voted it to power. The PML-N chief has also been vocal on the issue of Balochistan and missing persons. He supports friendly relations with India and opposes the United States’ policy on drone strikes.
Calling terrorism a challenge for the country, the PML-N chief is also in favour of peace talks with the Taliban.
In his recent interviews and press conferences, Sharif has repeatedly said that the first priorities of his government will be to resolve the energy crisis by reducing load-shedding and improving the country’s economy. He has also made a number of promises regarding construction of roads, motorways and airports at various places during election rallies, besides running a bullet train for the country. These pledges have led to an unprecedented rise in the stock market.
However, analysts believe that his actions should reflect the promises he made during the election campaign.
The May 11 polls see a PML-N government at the centre and in Punjab, while the party also holds a key role in the government to be elected in Balochistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has voted for PTI whereas former ruling party PPP only managed to secure its stronghold of Sindh.
Sharif is expected to announce a roadmap to economic recovery in his inaugural speech upon being formally elected. Agencies