US Welcomes Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s New Roles in Pakistan

The United States has expressed its readiness to collaborate with Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, to further mutual interests. The US State Department has also acknowledged the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as the first female Chief Minister as a landmark event in Pakistani politics.

The US State Department Spokesperson, Mathew Miller, during a press briefing on Monday, reiterated the US’s commitment to its longstanding partnership with Pakistan. He stated, “We have always seen a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as crucial to the interests of both the United States and Pakistan. Our engagement with the new Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, and his government will continue to focus on advancing these shared interests.”

Shehbaz Sharif, who took the oath as the country’s 24th premier at the President’s House in Islamabad, is serving his second term as the Prime Minister. His election followed a 16-month-long tenure in the top position from April 2022 to August 2023. He secured 201 votes against his opponent, Omar Ayub Khan, backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), who received 92 votes.

The US also welcomed the appointment of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz as the first female Chief Minister, terming it a milestone in Pakistani politics. Miller emphasized that an inclusive Pakistan would create a “strong, prosperous country” benefiting all Pakistanis. He added, “We are always pleased when we see cracks in the glass ceiling anywhere in the world.”

Maryam Nawaz, who has made history by becoming the first woman Chief Minister in Pakistan, won the elections after securing 220 votes in the Punjab Assembly last week. Her opponent, Sunni Ittehad Council’s (SIC) candidate Rana Aftab Ahmad, did not receive any votes as the party boycotted the elections. Maryam Nawaz is also the first woman member of her family to be elected as CM, making her the fourth member of the Sharif family to hold this position.

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