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    After a week-long episode of political uncertainty that embroiled Pakistan in a constitutional crisis, the crucial National Assembly session called to vote on the no-confidence motion that could seal the fate of Prime Minister Imran Khan commenced at 10:30 am.

    The session, chaired by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, was adjourned soon after PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi took the floor after ruckus from opposition benches.

    The speaker ordered the session to be adjourned till 12:30pm. However, it resumed after a two hour delay, at 2:30pm, with Amjad Khan Niazi in chair instead of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.

    As Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi resumed his address regarding the 'foreign conspiracy', he said that, “The opposition was invited to speak, if they believe the communique does not exist we will put forth proof,” Qureshi said.

    The foreign minister added that, “We have not said no to the voting, we want the evidence to be examined before the vote is taken. Horse trading, golden dreams shown for switching sides, the question is whether this was constitutional?"

    He said the PTI knocked the ECP’s doors for a year, trying to prove how votes were bought. "Despite presenting it with evidence, justice was yet to be done," the foreign minister stated.

    Qureshi said that attempts for a 'regime change' had been exposed. "We are here today, but will not be tomorrow... those bigger than us have been removed. But history will unmask them,” he added.

    “My prime minister told the nation that it has to now decide whether it wishes to live freely or enslaved,” he said.

    Speaking of PM Imran’s visit to Russia, Qureshi said the visit came on the latter’s invitation and all institutions decided that it would be for the betterment of Pakistan.

    “Pakistan is a sovereign state, but they [opposition] want it to be a slave,” the foreign minister said, further claiming that the US national security adviser called on Pakistan’s NSA and told him not to visit Russia.

    “Where does one sovereign state tell another to not go on foreign visit,” he asked.

    “We wanted to go and give our own perspective on the Ukraine crisis and advocate diplomacy because we do not want lives to be lost. Pakistan is a country that believes in diplomacy, in self-determination; we have never believed in the threat of force,” the foreign minister added.

    The foreign minister went on to insinuate that there was more to India’s missile ‘malfunction’, asking if the nation did not want answers regarding the incident.

    'Hold the vote now'

    Addressing the speaker following Qureshi's address, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto reminded him that he was not only violating the apex court's orders but also the Constitution.

    “The court has mandated that you hold the no-confidence vote. Speakers have been ousted for setting aside court orders,” Bilawal said, adding that the court has ordered the NA to finish the workings of April 3.

    Further referring to the speaker, the PPP leader said that the government was making him a "violator of the constitution".

    "If you want a debate, we will debate for a 100 days, but follow the orders of the court," Bilawal reiterated.

    He said that the opposition had already stated that if PM Imran had not been “selected”, it would not have had a problem with him. “But the captain ran away from the field and is not present even today,” he added.

    Bilawal further stated that the NSC meeting’s minutes do not mention the no-confidence motion in it. “If there was a foreign conspiracy, they should have come forth with the evidence when it began. Not when they lost majority in the house,” the PPP leader stated.

    He said the fight is not between parties now, it is between those who believe in democracy and those who don't. “The real conspiracy is that Khan sahab is scared of a clean election,” Bilawal said.

    “He could try 100 times but he would not be Bhutto, he can't be a political martyr,” said Bilawal while referring to Imran. Referring to the country’s current economic situation, Bilawal said it is so “evident that all Pakistanis are suffering”.

    “The real conspiracy is Imran’s conspiracy. The kaptaan can not see beyond himself.”

    "We aren't fighting to make someone prime minister, there were a lot of ways to oust the PM. We knew how to knock at the door of house number 4, go to court or launch a protest movement."

    "Whatever conspiracies are happening against the Constitution, we will stop them."

    Taking to Twitter, Bilawal said the PTI government and its speaker continues to commit contempt by refusing to even start agenda of the day as ordered by the court. He said the Constitution also mandates vote on no-confidence today.

    “While running away from the vote, Imran Khan has violated the Constitution again… [we] will not leave NA until our vote,” he wrote on his official handle.

    Responding to Bilawal’s question regarding Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s absence from the NSC meeting, federal minister Asad Umar responded during his address that Qureshi was not present because he was in China and reached the country after the NSC meeting.

    The PTI overcame the pandemic and in three years produced more employment opportunities than the PML-N did in five years, the planning minister said.

    “Our exports have increased more than they increased during the PML-N and PPP’s combined 10-year tenure. Economic growth will increase more than 5% for the first time,” he added.

    Umar said the opposition claimed it had been trying to kick PM Imran out for a long time. “However, the question is why was the no-confidence motion filed a day after the communiqué was received on March 7,” he said.

    He said the difference was not between parties, but between points of view. “One says the people of Pakistan are beggars, and the other says we are independent,” the PTI leader added.

    Taking the floor after Asad, PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari urged the NA speaker to conduct the vote and follow the orders of the court.

    He also said that he would not like to move the court against the speaker's actions.

    Earlier in the day, as the session began, the speaker announced to start the question hour session but had to stop when Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif took the floor on point of order and made a small speech reminding the speaker that he was bound to go ahead as per the top court’s order.

    Shehbaz said that the chair’s unconstitutional steps were set aside and the doctrine of necessity was buried by the top court. During his speech, the government side kept interrupting by constantly speaking and kept calling to him a “beggar” — a tacit reference to his recent statement where he said "beggars can’t be choosers".

    Speaker NA briefly interrupted him by saying that he will proceed as per the SC directions but discuss the foreign conspiracy as well. To this, Shehbaz again reminded the speaker that the SC order has bound him to take up the agenda item pertaining to voting on the no-confidence motion.

    "You cannot deviate from this."

    Speaker Qaiser responded that the court’s decision will be implemented in true spirit before giving floor to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

    'History full of constitutional violations'

    Taking the floor after the opposition leader, Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted the decision of the Supreme Court but was 'disappointed'.

    Qureshi admitted that the no-trust motion was constitutional but argued that it was as much the opposition’s right to present the motion as the treasury benches’ right to defend it.

    "I want to say from my party that the opposition has a right to present the no-trust motion and it is my right to contest it. We should debate this constitutionally."

    Disappointed but accept the decision, Qureshi quoted PM Imran as saying during his speech last night, adding the speaker was proceeding ahead with the SC order.

    The foreign minister recalled that the Constitution was violated on October 12, 1999, saying that history is a witness that a prayer that was not even sought was granted and even the Constitution was allowed to be amended.

    On the current situation, he recalled that the opposition gave a statement that they would not accept any decision reviving the 'doctrine of necessity' when the matter was sub-judice.

    Qureshi said that he wanted to give background to what has brought the house to this point. As per SC's decision, he said, it’s April 3 today as the apex court said so in its Suo Moto case.

    "For the last four years, the opposition has been calling for elections and that’s what the PM said last night. We admit the court’s decision but it’s important to give background to what happened last Sunday."

    Qureshi said that it was imperative to probe the allegation of foreign conspiracy as the NSC — the highest security forum — has seen evidence pertaining to a foreign conspiracy and concluded that the matter was sensitive and needs attention.

    "They acknowledged that there was political interference and a démarche should be issued." Accordingly, he said, the Foreign Office issued the same. "The NSC also decided to convene a parliamentary committee session but the opposition had boycotted the meeting."

    At this point, Shehbaz stood up and asked the speaker that the floor be given to him but before anyone could say a word more, the speaker adjourned the session till 12:30; leaving the house guessing what happened in the spur of the moment.

    In the six-point agenda issued by the National Assembly Secretariat on Friday, voting on the no-confidence motion is on the fourth position.

    In addition, the agenda includes two calling attention notices, one of which draws the defence minister's attention to the non-payment of salaries to councillors in the country's cantonment boards and the other invites the energy minister's attention regarding the increase in petroleum prices.

    During the proceedings of the house, Senator Faisal Javed was expelled from the hall. He entered the hall and security personnel present pulled him out.

    ‘Judicial coup’

    Taking to floor PTI’s Shireen Mazari called the Supreme Court’s verdict a ‘judicial coup’. She asked the chief election commissioner to resign if he was unable to perform his constitutional duties.

    The PTI lawmaker also objected on apex court’s decision of calling in the CEC in the suo motu case and asking about elections when that wasn’t the matter pending before the top court.

    Opp meets speaker in chamber

    Following the adjournment of the NA session, a delegation of the joint opposition met with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in his chamber to again urge him to carry out his constitutional responsibility towards the house.

    The opposition demanded the voting on the no-confidence resolution take place today, as per the SC’s orders. The delegation maintained that the house should be run as per the apex court’s ruling, adding that the lawmakers from the treasury benches were intentionally creating a ruckus in the parliament.

    The joint opposition’s delegation consisted of Bilawal Bhutto, Maulana Asad Mehmood, Rana Sanaullah, Ayaz Sadiq and Naveed Qamar, whereas Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Amir Dogar among other ministers represented the government.

    Members arrive at parliament

    Earlier, senior opposition leaders, including PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari reached the parliament.

    Shehbaz, speaking briefly to media personnel, said that Imran Khan was more upset about Shehbaz coming into power than he was by getting ousted himself.

    Qureshi, talking to reporters, said the PTI would present its position in the NA session while remaining within the ambit of the Constitution.

    The minister claimed that they were ready for any situation, and had taken these steps to be an independent nation and raise the flag of the country. “We believe that the people of Pakistan are with us,” he said.

    He informed media personnel that he would present the position of Imran Khan and PTI in the NA and the decision regarding the Foreign Secretary’s briefing would be taken in the lower house session today.

    When asked if there would be a vote of no-confidence, Qureshi said it depended on the environment of the National Assembly.

    Babar Awan said three words, "Pakistan, Constitution and nation"

    Deputy Speaker Qasim Sure said he had accepted the decision by the the apex court. “I believe that it is a foreign conspiracy and the NSC and parliamentary defence committee has endorsed this,” he stated, adding that the people of Pakistan should think about how the current events are playing out.

    The deputy speaker added that the conspiracy was in fact true and that they wanted to prove it before the nation. “I think the nation also knows this and they stand with Imran Khan.”

    He further stated that the session would proceed as ordered, and the rest depended on the speaker and the agenda of the Assembly.

    PTI MNA Ali Muhammad Khan said that the truth would emerge victorious and that Imran Khan was fighting for Pakistan. “Pakistan’s decisions will be taken in Pakistan, not Washington”.

    Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Aminul Haque stated that obedience to the Constitution and law was a duty, and the Constitution stated that a vote must take place after the no-trust motion.

    He added that the PTI’s surprise was revealed in the past and resulted in nothing. “Protest is the right of every democratic party,” he maintained.

    Last Sunday, NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri had rejected the united opposition’s no-trust motion against the prime minister on the grounds that it was backed by a “foreign country” and thus, the opposition parties had violated Article 5 - loyalty to the state and obedience to the Constitution and law.

    However, the ‘constitutional crisis’ was remedied at the Supreme Court which set aside Suri’s ruling and the subsequent dissolution of the lower house of parliament by President Arif Alvi on the premier’s advice in its landmark unanimous ruling on Thursday night after taking a suo moto notice last Sunday.

    The 5-0 ruling ordered parliament to reconvene on Saturday (today), no later than 10:30am, saying that the session could not be prorogued without the conclusion of the no-trust motion against PM Imran. “It is declared that the resolution was pending and subsisting at all times and continues to so remain pending and subsisting,” the short order read.

    Another ‘surprise’ in store?

    The PM Imran-led cabinet, which was brought back to life on SC’s order, also decided to form a commission to probe the alleged “foreign conspiracy” behind the no-confidence motion filed against the prime minister by the opposition and reveal the contents of the “threatening letter” to the lawmakers before they begin voting.

    It may be mentioned that the previous ‘sleight of hand’ manoeuvring to throw the no-confidence motion by declaring the opposition as “traitors” landed the premier and his party in hot waters as the country’s top court not only declared it unconstitutional but also ruled that it was the government that had blatantly violated the Constitution.

    Currently, the joint opposition parties have more lawmakers on their side than the government, especially, after the government allies parted ways with the government. In addition, the opposition parties enjoy the support of roughly two-dozen PTI dissidents.

    Soon after Suri had prorogued the session and the treasury members left the assembly hall, the opposition parties had held a symbolic session of the assembly with a total of 197 members sitting on the opposition benches.

    Read more No-trust vote: Political crisis explained

    Out of the 342-member house, a party or different parties together can form the government if it has the support of 172 or more members on its side. The premier would continue if the opposition fails to produce 172 or more lawmakers in the assembly for any reason.

    Seeing the clear majority of the other side last time, the government had disrupted the session, which plunged the country into a political and constitutional crisis. The crisis gripped the country for almost a week after the deputy speaker had blocked the way of voting on the motion. It, however, has now been cleared by the top court.

    If PM Khan loses the vote, parliament would continue to function and the lawmakers in the National Assembly will elect a new prime minister to serve until August 2023, after which a general election is due within 60 days. However, the new premier can go for early elections before August 2023.

    Voting procedure

    The Second Schedule of the NA rules defines the procedure for recording votes. Before voting commences, it states, that the NA speaker shall direct that the bells be rung for five minutes to enable members not present in the chamber to be present.

    Immediately after the bells stop ringing, all the entrances to the lobby shall be locked and the assembly staff posted at each entrance shall not allow any entry or exit through those entrances until the voting has concluded.

    It adds that the Speaker shall then read out the resolution before the Assembly and ask the members who wish to vote in favour of the resolution to pass in single file through the entrance where tellers shall be posted to record the votes. On reaching the desk of the tellers, each member shall, in turn, call out the division number allotted to him under the rules.

    The tellers shall then mark off his number on the division list simultaneously calling out the name of the member. In order to ensure that his vote has been properly recorded, the member shall not move off until he has clearly heard the teller call out his name. After a member has recorded his vote, he shall not return to the Chamber until bells are rung under paragraph 3.

    When the Speaker finds that all the members who wished to vote have recorded their votes, he shall announce that the voting has concluded. Thereupon the secretary shall cause the division list to be collected, count the recorded votes and present the result of the count to the speaker.

    The speaker shall then direct that the bells be rung for two minutes to enable the members to return to the chamber. After the bells stop ringing, the speaker shall announce the result to the assembly.

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    'We've made history': Bilawal

    "I would like to congratulate the whole nation and this House, as for the first time in the history of the country, a no-confidence motion has succeeded and we have made history," said Bilawal.

    Speaking on the occasion, the PPP chairman recalled what had happened on April 10, adding that on this day, the country approved the 1973 Constitution.

    "On April 10, 1986, Benazir Bhutto ended her self-imposed exile and arrived in Lahore to launch her struggle against Ziaul haq," said Bilawal.

    The PPP chairman said that on April 10, 2022, the person who was declared "selected” by the Opposition and proved himself to be an “undemocratic burden” on the country saw the end of his rule.

    “Today, on April 20, 2022, we welcome [you] back to the purana Pakistan,” said Bilawal.

    The lawmaker from Larkana said that he had joined the National Assembly only three to four years ago, adding that whatever he has learned during this time is probably more than he had learnt throughout his life.

    “I have a message for the Pakistani youth that they should never give up on their dreams as nothing is impossible. Democracy is the best revenge. Pakistan Zindabad,” said Bilawal.

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    ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Monday that bringing the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan to oust him from power was a “very important first step to right the wrongs of the past” but warned that there is a long road ahead.

    “This was a very important first step to right the wrongs of the past but we have a long road ahead of us,” Bilawal said in an interview with BBC.

    The BBC had asked the PPP chairman about the economic problems and whether his party’s alliance with the PML-N would last long and help heal the wounds.

    “I believe the answer to Pakistan’s problem is democracy, democracy, and more democracy,” said Bilawal.

    The PPP chairman shared that following his mother’s assassination in 2007, the country’s democracy had made “immense progress for the proceeding 10 years”.

    However, he said that during Imran Khan’s government in the last three years the “fundamental constitutional structure” that gives Pakistanis freedom was "undermined".

    “And we believe unless you have political and democratic freedoms we can’t progress in achieving the economic rights of our people,” said Bilawal.

    On the elections for the prime minister that are scheduled to take place tomorrow, Bilawal confirmed to the BBC that the PPP will support PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif.

    “The reason my party led the effort to bring a no-confidence motion in Parliament was not just to elect Mr Shahbaz Sharif. Our motivation is to conduct electoral reforms and move towards a more democratic Pakistan after suffering under three years of a government that we contend came to power through a rigged election,” said Bilawal.

    When asked to confirm if he will become the next foreign minister, Bilawal refused to answer it.

    “My goal in this struggle was to bring progress in Pakistan’s democracy to ensure electoral reforms and undo the damage that was done to our Constitution, democratic systems, to human rights, to media freedom to economic rights over the last three years,” explained Bilawal on supporting the no-confidence motion

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    ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Wednesday that his appointment as a foreign minister would be “something difficult for his party to stomach” as it is the second-largest member of the coalition; ‘however, we need to work together to address the issues of Pakistan’.

    In an interview with CNN, Bilawal said that the decision of him being appointed as the foreign minister depends on his party, adding that all members of the coalition should at this point work together to address the economic issues and for the electoral reforms.

    Replying to a question regarding ex-prime minister Imran Khan's demand of early, free and fair elections, Bilawal said: “We absolutely want free and fair elections but in order to have free and fair elections we must legislate on electoral reform.

    “As everybody knows the 2018 elections that [Imran] Khan used to come to power have been widely condemned not only nationally but internationally as rigged and compromised elections that resulted in three years of autocratic, dictatorial rule.”

    Becky Anderson, the host of the show, mentioned that ex-PM Imran Khan does still enjoy popular support, referring to his tweets of the protests held after his ouster, she questioned Bilawal that what are his thoughts on PTI chairman’s view that his dismissal was all a “US-orchestrated conspiracy”.

    Bilawal, while referring to US January 6 movement, said: “I think that the Americans will be able to relate to what is Pakistan going through now […] where Mr Khan despite knowing that he has lost his majority in Parliament tried acting through his speaker to induct a constitutional coup.”

    Calling Khan’s “foreign conspiracy” claims a “big lie”, the PPP chairman said that he [Imran Khan] is the first prime minister in the history of Pakistan to be ousted through democratic, constitutional means and this is the “massive victory for Pakistan’s democracy”.

    “As far as his support is concerned, of course, little factious all over the world enjoy their cult following but that does not mean that the majority of Pakistan should be dictated to by these factious regimes,” he maintained.

    Khan's popularity
    The PPP chairman said in the 2018 elections, which the PTI claims were not rigged, the former prime minister's party represented 30% of the population.

    "Whereas our coalition — PPP, PML-N, JUI-F, and others — represent 70% of the Pakistani population," the PPP chairman said.

    Bilawal said his anti-America rhetoric was limited to the time he was not in power, but when he formed government in the centre, he had very cordial relations with ex-US president Donald Trump.

    "It is true that since President [Joe] Biden has taken over, there have been difficulties in relations between US and Pakistan. But Mr Khan is manipulating the series of events to try and create this perception that there is a grand conspiracy when the fact of the matter is there is none."

    Bilawal clarified that the then-opposition's decision to bring a no-confidence motion against Khan was planned days before his visit to Russia on the eve of Moscow's Ukraine invasion.

    Dangerous path
    "...he does not have any narrative that allows him to be presented as a victim, he is relying on Pakistanis' general anti-American sentiment and trying to provoke a very dangerous situation where he has declared 70% of the parliamentarians as traitors," Bilawal said.

    Bilawal warned that Khan was going down a very dangerous path, noting that Pakistan's democracy was very young as compared to the United States.

    In response to dynastic politics, he said criticism can be made on it, but in the end, whoever Pakistanis elect comes into power.

    "On the other hand, everyone in Khan's parties — at the federal and provincial levels — are related to political dynasties," Bilawal said, noting that his grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged and his mother Benazir Bhutto was martyred by terrorists.

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    Bilawal expected to meet Nawaz Sharif in London

    ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is leaving for London where he is expected to meet PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to "discuss the current political situation in the country," reported The News.

    Confirming Bilawal's departure, PPP Secretary-General Farhatullah Babar told The News that the PPP chairman is meeting Nawaz to congratulate him on the coalition government.

    "The main purpose of meeting Nawaz Sharif is to congratulate him on the coalition government and discuss the current political situation," he said.

    Meanwhile, sources said that though there was an understanding between the PPP and the PML-N that Bilawal would take over as the foreign minister, however, he did not take oath despite attending the cabinet oath-taking ceremony as a guest a day earlier. This meant there was some issue in the coalition government and he wanted to resolve it first, the publication reported.


    The sources said Bilawal wanted to discuss major issues with Nawaz Sharif for an amicable solution. They said Bilawal also wanted to take up the non-inclusion of the ANP, BNP (Mengal) and Moshin Dawar in the cabinet with Nawaz Sharif.

    "If all goes well in talks with Nawaz Sharif, it is expected that Bilawal may take oath as foreign minister on his return from London,” they said.

    Meanwhile, PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar excused himself from assuming office as minister of state in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

    “I have refused to take the oath as minister of state for personal reasons. I want to focus on upcoming general election and I have also informed the party about my decision,” he said in a statement. His name had been finalised by the PPP leadership but he informed the party about his decision Monday night.

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    Bilawal expected to meet Nawaz Sharif in London

    ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is leaving for London where he is expected to meet PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to "discuss the current political situation in the country," reported The News.

    Confirming Bilawal's departure, PPP Secretary-General Farhatullah Babar told The News that the PPP chairman is meeting Nawaz to congratulate him on the coalition government.

    "The main purpose of meeting Nawaz Sharif is to congratulate him on the coalition government and discuss the current political situation," he said.

    Meanwhile, sources said that though there was an understanding between the PPP and the PML-N that Bilawal would take over as the foreign minister, however, he did not take oath despite attending the cabinet oath-taking ceremony as a guest a day earlier. This meant there was some issue in the coalition government and he wanted to resolve it first, the publication reported.


    The sources said Bilawal wanted to discuss major issues with Nawaz Sharif for an amicable solution. They said Bilawal also wanted to take up the non-inclusion of the ANP, BNP (Mengal) and Moshin Dawar in the cabinet with Nawaz Sharif.

    "If all goes well in talks with Nawaz Sharif, it is expected that Bilawal may take oath as foreign minister on his return from London,” they said.

    Meanwhile, PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar excused himself from assuming office as minister of state in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

    “I have refused to take the oath as minister of state for personal reasons. I want to focus on upcoming general election and I have also informed the party about my decision,” he said in a statement. His name had been finalised by the PPP leadership but he informed the party about his decision Monday night.

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    Billo to meet the guy who supported his grandfather's execution. Good job Billo,if beghairati had a face

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    Bilawal Bhutto takes oath as federal minister

    • Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will likely be given the portfolio of foreign ministry.
    • President Arif Alvi administers the oath to the PPP leader.
    • Former president Asif Ali Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari were also present.



    ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Wednesday took oath as federal minister. He will likely be given the portfolio of the foreign ministry.

    President Arif Alvi administered the oath to the PPP leader at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with other federal cabinet members also attended the ceremony.

    Moreover, former president Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal's sister Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari were also present at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

    Federal Ministers including Rana Sanaullah, Naveed Qamar, Khurshid Shah, Sherry Rehman and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar also attended the ceremony.

    'Youngest foreign minister'

    Taking to her Twitter handle, Aseefa wrote: "Congratulations to the youngest Foreign Minister in Pakistans history @BBhuttoZardari."

    "The task is daunting, and the previous government have hurt our international standing but I have no doubt that you will make our country, party, and family proud," she added.

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    Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reached New York on Tuesday to participate in a ministerial meeting and debate at the United Nations Security Council on food security, besides holding a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

    Upon his arrival at the airport, Bilawal was received by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Aamir Khan, Consul General New York, Ayesha Ali and others, said a report.

    In New York, Bilawal would attend a ministerial meeting on ‘Global Food Security – Call for Action’ and the Security Council’s open debate on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security – Conflict and Food Security’. On the sidelines of the meetings, he would hold a bilateral meeting with Blinken.

    The Foreign Office in Islamabad said that the foreign minister was visiting New York for a ministerial meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday (today), where he would highlight Pakistan’s perspective and policy priorities on the issue of food security.

    Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said in a separate statement that the meeting between Bilawal and Blinken was also scheduled for Wednesday (today), adding that he would also meet with German and Italian delegations.

    “The Global Food Security Summit is important to us as we are counted among the countries undergoing food shortages. The foreign minister will present Pakistan's position in these important meetings,” Khar said.

    “We will use every platform in a positive and powerful way. We will point out that Pakistan never wants to be part of the conflict. Human rights abuses in occupied Jammu and Kashmir will be effectively highlighted,” the statement added. “We will take care of Pakistan's interests.”

    On the fringes of the UN meetings, Khar said, the foreign minister would hold bilateral meetings with the delegations from Germany and Italy, there. “The foreign minister will meet with Antonin Blinken on May 18,” she said, adding that Bilawal’s visit to China was expected after the United States.

    Express Tribune


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clueless View Post
    you have Bilawal, we have Rahul Gandhi
    I must say Bilawal comes across as a lot smarter. At least he knows how to talk like an adult, unlike Rahul who only makes people laugh every time he opens his mouth.

    And then there's the education. Bilawal actually studied in Oxford, unlike Rahul who only 'went' to Oxford and Harvard.

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    Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Monday stressed that PTI Chairman Imran Khan's visit to Russia had no connection with the no-confidence motion moved by the coalition government against him.

    Talking to journalists in the Parliament, Bilawal said that Pakistan has the same stance regarding the Russia-Ukraine war that the previous government had. "Pakistan stood at a neutral position and it still does," he added.

    Former prime minister Imran had alleged that the United States and the then-Opposition had joined hands to oust him through the no-confidence motion as he had decided to visit Russia.

    "If there was a link between Khan's visit and the no-confidence motion, then the incumbent government's policy towards Russia would have been different," said the foreign minister.

    Talking about the Ukraine war, Bilawal said Pakistan believes that the war should end through diplomacy and dialogue as it was damaging the country, region, and its people.

    Bilawal said Pakistan used to import wheat and fertiliser from Ukraine, however, the country is facing a food and energy crisis due to war.

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    Says the bloke who is there purely because of his maternal side.

    Says the bloke who is part of the Government, led by the bloke on account that he is a Shariff.

    Says the bloke who kissed the backside of the son of Zia, who had his maternal grandfather murdered.

    Says the bloke who kissed the backside of the son of Zia, who dropped faked nude pictures of his mother.

    Says the bloke who is part of a Government, where an unelected fraudster, who is a benefiiciary of nepotism, tells the Finance Minister to sort out pet food for a journalist.

    Says the bloke who is the son of the man, that changed his son's name for political advantage, from his own name.

    Says the bloke who has the same level of qualifications and experience for his position, as a sieve for carrying water.

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