PM-elect announces in-camera parliament security committee session to ascertain veracity of letter

81 announces in-camera parliament security committee session to ascertain veracity of letter

ISLAMABAD, (APP): Prime Minister-elect Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Monday announced that he would be soon arranging an in-camera session of the parliamentary security committee to ascertain the facts involved in the purported foreign letter regarding alleged foreign interference in the country’s internal politics.

Shahbaz Sharif was delivering his maiden speech in the National Assembly after his election to the office of the prime minister.

He was elected as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan after securing 174 votes in the 342-member lower house of the Parliament. Later, he will formally take the oath of the office of the prime minister.

Shahbaz Sharif was a nominee of the joint opposition parties.

Earlier, opposition nominee Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi opted to boycott the election process and announced that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members had decided to tender resignation from their seats.

The prime minister-elect in his speech said that a drama was staged in the country by the PTI and lies were churned over a purported foreign letter.

He expressed his wonder despite an announcement by the former speaker of the assembly, that no one had brought the letter to him to see it.

The country of 220 million people and the members of the parliament wanted to know the reality involved in this drama, he said, stressing that the facts in the letter should be exposed before the nation and the world to end this debate.

Shahbaz Sharif said that as the prime minister, he would make arrangements to convene the in-camera security committee meeting in which a briefing would be given. Besides, other members, the top military and intelligence brass, and Pakistan ambassadors would attend the meeting.

“On behalf of this House, I assure the nation that if any involvement is proved, I will not stay as prime minister for even a second and go home after tendering resignation,” he declared.

Shahbaz Sharif said that prior to the surfacing of the letter on March 7, the opposition parties, including PML-N, PPP and PDM had taken the decision over the vote of no confidence.

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