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Imran Khan Demands 'Free and Fair Elections' Hours After Shehbaz Sharif Is Appointed Pak PM

Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has called for an 'early election' in the country, saying that the people should elect their Prime Minister.

Only hours after Shehbaz Sharif took the oath of office as Pakistan's 23rd Prime Minister, deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan called 'fair and free elections in the country. Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has called for an 'early election' and stated that the people should elect their Prime Minister. Khan has urged Pakistanis to demonstrate their support for him by attending his public gathering in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Shehbaz Sharif, the head of Pakistan's Muslim League (Nawaz), took oath as the country's 23rd Prime Minister on Monday, putting an end to political instability in Pakistan following the introduction of a no-trust resolution against his predecessor, Imran Khan. PTI head Khan demanded a free election just hours after Sharif was sworn in. On Twitter, Khan stated, "We are asking for quick elections because the only way ahead is for the people to determine whom they want to elect as Prime Minister through free and fair elections."

He also stated that he will host a protest in Peshawar on April 13. "On Wednesday, following Isha, I will organize a Jalsa in Peshawar — my first Jalsa since being deposed in a foreign-instigated regime change." "I want all of our people to come since Pakistan was founded as an independent, sovereign state, not as a puppet of other countries," he tweeted.

The PTI administration of Imran Khan was deposed on Sunday night after 174 members voted in favor of a no-trust resolution against the rule. The Pakistan Parliament elected Sharif, the only contender remaining in the race after PTI leader and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi declared his party's boycott and staged a walkout. In Pakistan's election, Sharif received 174 votes.

PM Modi congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on his election as Pakistan's Prime Minister.

On Monday, just moments after Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in as Pakistan's 23rd Prime Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked him. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi stated that India seeks peace and security in a terror-free area so that development concerns can be addressed and people's well-being and prosperity can be secured. PM Modi's tweet is a significant step in reviving India's relationship with Pakistan at the PM level, which had come to a halt under Imran Khan's government.

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