Cricketer turned politician and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, generally known as Imran Khan, took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan at a ceremony held at the President House on Saturday in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath ceremony.
According to Dawn report, after taking the oath as premier, Khan and First Lady Bushra Imran greeted various guests and proceeded to the Prime Minister’s Office, where he was presented a guard of honour. The oath ceremony was delayed by little over 30 minutes behind the schedule.
Imran Khan was clad in a black sherwani when he arrived for the ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad from his Banigala residence. His wife Bushra Imran, whom Khan married recently, had already arrived for the ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with the national anthem, followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
However, due to Imran Khan’s poor knowledge of Urdu language and its pronunciation he had to face embarrassment. He was corrected by President Mamnoon Hussain in pronouncing Khatamun-Nabiyyeen, one of the titles of Prophet Mohammad that means the last prophet. Instead of Qayamat (the day of judgement) Imran pronounced Qayadat (the leadership).
Those who attended the ceremony included caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan and Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
Other notable guests present at the Aiwan-e-Sadr included senior PTI leaders, former Indian cricket star Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja, legendary paceman Wasim Akram, newly elected Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, singers Salman Ahmed and Abrarul Haq, actor Javaid Sheikh and former National Assembly speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.
The invited guests, which include politicians, cricketers and celebrities, were told to be at the venue at 9:15am. The event was scheduled to begin at 9:30am.
Imran Khan, who captained Pakistan’s cricket team to World Cup glory in 1992, had invited some of his former teammates to witness the ceremony.
On Friday, Imran Khan, as the leader of the largest party in the National Assembly, along with the support of his post-poll allies and independents, was elected as the PM in parliamentary vote.
As PM-elect Imran Khan delivered a speech in the National Assembly saying, “First of all, we will start strict accountability. I promise to my God that everyone who looted this country will be made accountable.”
Imran Khan and other PTI leaders had, during the campaign, promised to end widespread graft while building an “Islamic welfare state”.
Earlier this week, PTI candidates were also voted for the post of speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly, strengthening Khan’s to carry forward his legislative agenda.