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Cricketers flock to Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Cricket celebrities on Saturday have attended oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at President House in Islamabad.

Stars from 1992 World Cup including cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja and former left-arm fast bowler also flocked to the ceremony to express their support to Imran Khan.

Ex-Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has also come to back his old companion from neighboring country.

On the other hand, President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to PM Imran Khan.

Imran Khan has been elected Pakistan’s prime minister by the parliament after his party swept the general election last month, marking the beginning of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tenure in power.

Earlier on Friday, Khan was elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, nearly 22 years after he started his political struggle.
He received 176 votes as against 96 votes by his only rival Shahbaz Sharif of PML (N) at the voting held at Parliament House in Islamabad to elect Leader of the House in the National Assembly on Friday afternoon.

In a house of 372, the winning candidate was required to obtain at least 172 votes to become the Prime Minister.

On July 26, the Oxford-educated leader delivered his victory speech in Islamabad after his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in the elections held on July 25, declaring himself as the new prime minister.
During his victory speech, Khan promised a welfare state system based on the British model.

He also pledged to “strengthen institutions” and “increase income” in order to “get more taxes and benefit the country”.

He said: “When I came into politics, I wanted Pakistan to become the kind of country that our leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted.” This election is a historic election in Pakistan. In this election, people have sacrificed a lot.

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