Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presented guard of honour

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ISLAMABAD: After the constitutional government’s tenure ended late Thursday night, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was presented a guard of honour at the Prime Minister House on Friday.

This is the second time a democratically elected government completed its tenure in the country, with Pakistan People’s Party being the first one to have done so in 2013.

Abbasi had assumed charge as the 28th prime minister of Pakistan on August 1, 2017, after the National Assembly elected him as Leader of the House.

Furthermore, he was selected by PML-N following the ousting of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a lifetime disqualification verdict by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for holding an Iqama.

Initially, the party had agreed upon the former petroleum minister as an interim prime minister until a permanent replacement could be elected.

Abbasi remained parliamentarian from 2008 to 2018. He was also an MNA from 1988 to 1999.