Imran Khan sworn-in as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

DN Bureau

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister of the country at the President House here on Saturday.

Imran Khan taking oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan taking oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister of the country at the President House here on Saturday.

 Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain would administered the oath to Khan. Before the ceremony took place, Pakistan's national anthem was played.

Following the oath-taking ceremony, the signing of documents took 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.

The members of the 1992 winning squad are slated to attend the swearing-in ceremony. From India, former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu,  graced the ceremony.

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On Friday, Khan was elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, defeating his rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shehbaz Sharif. While, the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician bagged 176 seats, Sharif, the PML-N president and the brother of jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, managed to secure just 96 seats.

The newly-elected Speaker of the House, Asad Qaiser announced the results amid the chants of 'na manzoor' (unacceptable) and "Wazir-e-azam Nawaz Sharif" (former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif). The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which is the third largest party in the National Assembly (NA), the lower house of Pakistan's Parliament, withdrew its support for the PML-N and abstained from voting in the House.

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In the July 25 general elections, the PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats. The number increased to 158 in the NA after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued notifications of the successful candidates on the reserved seats for women and the minority community on August 11. 

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