Imran Khan to be sworn-in as Pakistan prime minister today

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 18, 2018, 06:53 AM(IST)

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will swear-in as Pakistan's 22nd prime minister on Saturday at the resident house. 

The ceremony is set to begin at 9:30 am and will be administered by president Manmoon Hussain. 

On Friday, 176 members of the National Assembly voted in favour of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson while his opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, received 96 votes.

Imran, while addressing the National Assembly for the first time as PM-elect, vowed that he would not spare the ones who looted the country. The prime minister-elect promised "strict accountability" and to bring back the looted wealth of the country.

Following the oath-taking ceremony, the signing of documents will take place.
Khan, who led the Pakistan cricket team to their only World Cup victory in 1992, would assume the prime ministerial post after more than two decades, since joining politics in 1996.

Khan's PTI emerged as the single largest party in this year's elections which were held on July 25. The party bagged a total of 116 seats which rose to 125 after nine independent members joined the party.

PTI's final tally reached 158 after it was allotted 28 out of 60 seats reserved for women and five out of 10 seats reserved for minorities.

The members of the 1992 winning squad are slated to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who arrived in Pakistan yesterday, will grace the ceremony.

Other cricketers such as Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, who was also invited by Khan, earlier confirmed that they would not be participating in the event. While Dev cited 'personal reasons', Gavaskar also declined the invitation owing to his commentary commitments for the ongoing Test series between India and England, the report said.

Khan, on Friday, said that being the prime minister, he would answer the questions in the National Assembly twice a month.

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