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Shehbaz responds to Modi's felicitation on PM election

Update : 07 Mar 2024, 20:40

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday responded to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's felicitation on being elected as prime minister of the country. 

Taking to his X official handle, PM Shehbaz wrote: "Thank you Narendra Modi for felicitations on my election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan."

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz was elected as the country's prime minister for the second time consecutively after he secured 201 votes with the backing of allied parties primarily Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) last week.

Shehbaz's opponent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) candidate Omar Ayub Khan lost the PM election in the National Assembly after he managed to bag only 92 votes.

Soon after his election as the PM, congratulations started pouring in with world leaders and diplomats felicitating him on becoming the country's chief executive.

Besides Modi, PM Shehbaz also thanked other heads of the state in separate posts on X.

"I wish to thank my brother, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of brotherly Saudi Arabia, for the warm wishes and prayers on my assumption of the office of Prime Minister," the premier said on X.

The PM said relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are deep-rooted in historical bonds based on mutual respect, religious and cultural affinity and shared values.

"I am confident that these fraternal ties will keep flourishing in the times to come. Looking forward to working closely with my brother for mutual benefit of the peoples of the two brotherly countries," he added.

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