Pakistani legislature have approved Imran Khan as their next Prime Minister, ahead of a ceremony on Saturday that should see the cricketer sworn in as leader of the nuclear-armed nation. Imran Khan raked together a simple majority in a confidence vote held in the lower house of parliament, 3 weeks after an election blemished by claims of military meddling and ballot rigging.
Imran Khan, the 65 year old, will take over a country with a mounting economic crisis and he has vowed to create a “new Pakistan” and also promised to improve Pakistan’s governance, widen the tax base and eschew the VIP lifestyle of previous rulers. He said he would be “ashamed” to live in the lavish prime minister’s house, and would turn it into an “educational institution”.
In Friday’s vote, Mr Khan was backed by 176 members. His opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, received 96 votes.
The former cricketer, who captained Pakistan to World Cup victory in 1992, won the July 25 election but fell short of an outright majority, forcing him to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.
Opposition parties have held regular protests since last month’s election, alleging vote rigging by the powerful security establishment.Security officials have rejected the allegations.
Imean Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, Wasim Akram, actor Javed Sheikh, Punjab governor designate Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Assembly speaker Pervez Elahi, Ramiz Raja, caretaker prime minister Nasir-ul-Mulk, PTI leaders, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat, and Chief of Air Staff Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan attended the Oath taking ceremony administered by President Mamnoon Hussain.
Navjot Singh Sindhu was seen hugging Pakistan army chief General Qamar at the oath ceremony of Mr Khan. He stated that he is going pakistan not as a politician but as a goodwill ambassador.