Islamabad, August 18: Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Saturday, nearly 22 years after the former cricket hero entered politics.
Khan (65), chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was administered the oath of office by President Mamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President’s House) in Islamabad.
The ceremony commenced with the national anthem, followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
Clad in a black sherwani, Khan was seen little nervous as he faced difficulties in pronouncing some Urdu words during the oath.
Khan, who famously captained the national cricket team to World Cup glory in 1992, has also invited some of his former teammates to witness his formal ascension to the top ministerial job in the country.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja, former paceman Wasim Akram were among the special guests present at the ceremony.
Khan’s third wife Bushra Maneka was also present at the event.
The Oxford-educated Pasthun on Friday defeated his only rival and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election for the top post in the National Assembly. (PTI)