Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif bid farewell in an address on Sunday after a 16-month term. He announced the transfer of leadership to a caretaker government. Sharif gained office in April of the previous year when a no-confidence vote removed PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Sharif emphasized that they assumed power constitutionally, asserting his government’s integrity during its tenure. He recognized Senator Anwaarul Haq Kakar of the Balochistan Awami Party as the interim PM, highlighting Kakar’s roots in Balochistan and expressing confidence in his oversight of forthcoming elections.
Sharif thanked the nation and other party leaders for their trust. He credited divine intervention for guiding them through significant national crises, suggesting they averted a potential national default.
He acknowledged a crucial bailout loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund, asserting it stabilized the economy. Sharif enumerated his government’s achievements, emphasizing the daunting challenges they faced. He admitted they could’ve sought political advantages by calling early elections but chose national interests over politics.
He criticized the preceding PTI administration for inflation, claiming his leadership took essential steps to prevent a national default. Sharif advocated for wealthier citizens to support the underprivileged now. Like in past instances, he hoped business sectors would assist in financial stability.
If his policies persisted, Sharif believed inflation would decrease. He praised the military for their valour and dedication to the nation.