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PM Shehbaz felicitates Chris Hipkins on becoming New Zealand’s PM

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PM Shehbaz felicitates Chris Hipkins on becoming New Zealand's PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday congratulated Chris Hipkins on becoming the new prime minister of New Zealand.

In a tweet, the premier wrote he looked forward to working with him to strengthen and expand the relations between the two friendly countries. “I extend my best wishes to him,” he concluded.

Earlier Labour leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as New Zealand’s prime minister in a formal ceremony on Wednesday, following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week.

The Labour party elected former COVID-19 Response and Police minister Hipkins, 44, to lead the party and the country on Sunday. This comes after the surprise resignation of Ardern, 42, who said she had “no more in the tank” to lead the country.
Hundreds gathered in the grounds of Parliament as Ardern left for the final time, hugging each of her members of parliament in turn, with many looking visibly emotional.

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She then travelled to Government House, where she tendered her resignation to King Charles representative in New Zealand, Governor General Cindy Kiro.

Hipkins and his deputy Carmel Sepuloni – the first person of Pacific Islander descent to hold the role – were then sworn in, in a ceremony lasting a few minutes.

Hipkins, who has so far refused to comment on his policies since being elected leader, will hold his first cabinet meeting later on Wednesday.

Known as “Chippy”, Hipkins is well-known to New Zealanders for his competence in tackling COVID-19, though he acknowledged some mistakes in handling the pandemic and faces a tough battle to retain power in an October general election.

A 1News-Kantar poll released in December had Labour s support falling to 33% from 40% at the start of 2022, meaning Labour would not be able to form a majority even with traditional coalition partner the Green Party at 9%. The opposition National Party has benefited from Labour s decline.

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Corps Commander Peshawar meets Utmanzai tribe elders

Corps Commander Peshawar meets Utmanzai tribe elders

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Corps Commander Peshawar meets Utmanzai tribe elders

Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Hasan Azhar Hayat on Wednesday met Utmanzai tribal elders from North Waziristan and thanked them for fighting alongside the Pakistan Army in the war against terror.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Utmanzai tribal elders, while appreciating the unwavering spirit of the Pakistan Army, said that the tribal people valued its sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

On the occasion, the Corps Commander said, “The Pakistan Army is using all its resources for the welfare of the people in the tribal areas. It is taking concrete steps along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to ensure the representation of the youth in minerals and other sectors, including better provision of education, besides the gradual return of other tribes to their respective areas.”

The tribal elders expressed the commitment that the tribal people would always stand beside the Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies for the solidarity and integrity of the country.

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Shehbaz claims party’s number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

Shehbaz claims party’s number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

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Shehbaz claims party's number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and nominated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed that with independent candidates their number in the National Assembly reached 104.

Addressing the meeting of the parliamentary party, Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the successful members of the parliament.

The prime minister-designate said that the members of the assembly had won without doubt. He said that the party achieved success across the country.

He said that the party chief Nawaz Sharif had controlled load-shedding in 2017, brought CPEC projects into the country, connected the four provinces through a motorway, and got land for the Diamer Bhasha Dam.

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Shehbaz Sharif said that the terrorists were eliminated under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, and the people of Karachi gave prayers to Nawaz Sharif who established peace in Karachi.

The nominated prime minister further said that Benazir was martyred but no one looked at GHQ. He questioned the language used when Nawaz Sharif fell ill and was jailed along with Maryam Nawaz.

Shehbaz Sharif said people questioned about the performance of the 16 months. “I would say we saved Pakistan from bankruptcy,” he said. , and once again I congratulate all the elected members.

On this occasion, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif presented a resolution to pay tribute to Nawaz Sharif as well as his sacrifices for democracy. 

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National Assembly’s inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

National Assembly’s inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

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National Assembly's inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

The inaugural session of the National Assembly will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am.

The Assembly secretariat issued a notification in this regard.

“National Assembly session to begin at 10am tomorrow [Thursday],” the notification read.

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