Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning captain and President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party, Imran Khan took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018. He had won the backing from the newly-elected Parliament a day before.
The ceremony was held at the President’s House in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the oath administered to him by President Mamnoon Hussain.
65-year-old Imran Khan swore to "bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan", and to "discharge my duties and perform my functions honestly, to the best of my ability... and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being, and prosperity of Pakistan."
Congress leader and former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was present at the ceremony as a special invite from Khan himself. Khan's government will be the third consecutive democratic government in Pakistan since 2008 when military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf announced elections after serving as president from 2001 to 2008 following a bloodless coup in 1999.
Pakistani cricket fraternity was elated that one of their own and mentor to many of Pakistan’s great players, Imran Khan had become the Prime Minister of the country and took to Twitter to send congratulatory messages and wishes to their PM.
Here are some of the wishes:
Allah aap key Hifazat kara Skipper !!— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) August 17, 2018
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI on becoming 22nd Prme Minister of our beautiful country Pakistan...Every Pakistani around the World is praying for you #AllTheBest #BehindYouSkipper
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI sir ! Our new Prime Minister of Pakistan. What an inspiring and admirable journey this gentleman has had. Exemplary & full of hard work. Welcome sir. Wishing you and our country only the best !— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) August 17, 2018
Congratulations Pakistan— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) August 17, 2018
For our great Prime minister
Mubarak ho sb ko bht bht
Love Pakistan ????????
Congratulations! Sir Imran Khan for becoming 22nd PM of Pakistan, after 22 years of unflinching political struggle history has been created & now will begin a new difficult challenge to make “Naya Pakistan” time to celebrate! ???? @ImranKhanPTI— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) August 17, 2018
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI for becoming new prime minister of Pakistan. I am sure you will fulfil your promises and take Pakistan to where it should be. May Allah be with you Pakistan zindabad ????????— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) August 17, 2018
Imran khan delivered a speech that every Pakistani not only wanted to hear, but needed too. A historic day for our nation one that honours tradition but welcomes change, a day that no one will ever forget #TheTimeHasCome #NayaPakistan— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 17, 2018
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI for being elected the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan .Wishing you all the best in creating the #NayaPakistan and taking this country to a new era.#PrimeMinisterImranKhan #NayaPakistan #lovemycountry pic.twitter.com/kR8GJtyBwQ— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 17, 2018
congratulations to @ImranKhanPTI sir on becoming 22nd elected prime minister of Pakistan.Prayers & best wishes are with him.hoping to see Pakistan on new Path of success in shaa Allah @PTIofficial #NayaPakistan pic.twitter.com/5fx90gVZ9Y— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) August 17, 2018