In farewell address, Shehbaz says he steered nation out of crises

My conscience is clear that I served honestly and transparently and followed the constitution.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivered his farewell address to the nation as the country’s chief executive on Sunday and said he steered out the country of economic and political crises. 

He began his speech by announcing that he was handing over the responsibility of running the country to a caretaker government following the conclusion of his government’s 16-month tenure. 

Prime Minister Sharif said his government steered the country out of severe historic economic and political crises and external challenges and protected the interests of the people and the Pakistani state during the 16 months.

He said time and history would be witness that his government saved Pakistan from default and the subsequent economic disaster waiting to happen, safeguarded national interests, restored the trust of friendly countries and provided relief to people after the devastating floods. He said after the end of the constitutional tenure of his government, he was handing over power to the caretaker government.

“My conscience is clear that I served honestly and transparently and followed the constitution.”

He congratulated Anwarul Haq Kakar for becoming the caretaker prime minister and expressed hope that he would ensure free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan and protect the right to vote of the people.

“The caretaker prime minister is appointed after consultation between him and leader of the opposition Raja Riaz.” He thanked the political leadership and people for reposing trust in his leadership and government.

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