Pakistan

Imran to be sworn in as Prime Minister today

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan is slated to take the oath of the Office in the morning today (Saturday), a day after the National Assembly elected him as the country’s 22nd Prime Minister.
The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to be held at 9:30AM in the President House in Islamabad, where President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath to the prime minister-designate.
According to the programme on the invitation cards sent out to guests, the ceremony will commence with the National Anthem after the guests, the president, and the prime minister-elect arrive and are seated.
The anthem would be followed by a recitation of the Holy Quran, whereafter Hussain will administer the oath, which would be followed by the signing of oath documents and serving the refreshments.
Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived in Pakistan on Friday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Khan.
Earlier this week, former Indian captain Kapil Dev had said he would not be attending the oath-taking ceremony, citing “personal reasons”.
Dev was one of the three cricketers from India invited to attend the leader’s swearing-in ceremony, along with Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar, the latter of whom also declined Khan’s invite due to his commentary commitments for the ongoing Test series between England and India.
On the other hand, members of Khan’s 1992 World Cup winning team have also been invited to attend the ceremony.
Earlier, on Friday, the NA had elected Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team entered politics.
Of the total NA members, 176 voted in favour of the PTI chairperson, while his opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, received 96 votes.
Khan, following his election as the PM, vowed that he would not spare the ones who looted the country.
“I am grateful to the Almighty Allah and the nation for giving me the opportunity to bring a change which the nation wanted. The nation was longing for the change we will bring,” Khan had stated.
The prime minister-elect promised “strict accountability” and to bring back the looted wealth of the country.
“I promise my nation that I will do strict accountability. No robber would be given an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance).
“I have reached here after struggling for 22 years and have not been fostered by any military dictator.”
Khan further said he would be answering questions as the prime minister twice a month in the NA.