The Hush Post: Finally, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as the Prime Minister of neighbouring country Pakistan on Saturday. Khan’s swearing-in ceremony was attended by India’s cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Notably, Imran Khan has succeeded in becoming Pakistan’s PM nearly 22 years after joining the politics, a report said.
A 65-year-old Imran Khan, who is the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), took the oath of office and secrecy that was administered by Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain. The oath-taking ceremony was held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, the report said.
Imran Khan was wearing a black sherwani at the ceremony. The report said that the former Pakistan cricket captain was a little nervous and he had difficulties in pronouncing some Urdu words during the oath.
The 1992 cricket World Cup winning captain had also invited some of his former teammates to witness his formal ascension to the top ministerial job, it was reported.
At the oath-taking ceremony, Navjot Singh Sidhu was seen hugging Pakistan’s army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Besides, former Pakistani cricketers Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram were among the special guests present at the ceremony. Imran Khan’s third wife Bushra Maneka also attended the ceremony.
Imran Khan’s party PTI had defeated former PM Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election for the top post in the National Assembly, the report said.
While Imran Khan’s party won 176 seats, Nawaz Sharif’s party won 96 votes. A total of 172 seats in the 342-member lower house of parliament are needed to form a government, it was reported.