Im­ran Khan as­sumes of­fice, high hopes of Pak­istani peo­ple

People's Review - - NEWS - (Agen­cies)

Crick­eter-turned­politi­cian and Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) chair­man Im­ran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan on Satur­day in pres­ence of sev­eral lead­ers and crick­eters. Imaran be­came the 22nd Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan 22 years after he joined pol­i­tics quit­ting cricket. The oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony was ad­min­is­tered by Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain at the Pres­i­dent House in Islamabad. Although ear­lier it was re­ported that the fa­mous crick­eter was invit­ing lead­ers of SAARC in his swear­ing-in-cer­e­mony, no one ex­cept for his In­dian crick­eter friend Nava­jot Singh Sidhu at­tended the func­tion. The elec­tion in the 15th Na­tional Assem­bly was held on July 25 and re­sults were de­clared the next day in which Khan's PTI emerged as the largest party se­cur­ing 116 seats. Op­po­si­tion par­ties Pak­istan Mus­lim League (PML-N) and Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party (PPP) won 64 and 43 seats re­spec­tively. How­ever, Khan did not have the ma­jor­ity to form the gov­ern­ment as a to­tal of 172 votes were needed for that in the 342mem­ber lower house of Par­lia­ment. On Fri­day, of the to­tal Na­tional Assem­bly mem­bers, 176 voted in favour of Khan, while his op­po­nent, Shah­baz re­ceived 96 votes. The peo­ple of Pak­istan fed by po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity had high hopes on Im­ran. They have ex­cepted good gov­er­nance as well as po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity dur­ing his ten­ure as PM of Pak­istan, that has soured re­la­tions with In­dia since their par­ti­tion in 1947. And he has shown some signs to meet these ex­pec­ta­tions. He left the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of Prime Min­is­ter and started liv­ing in rented house re­duc­ing the em­ploy­ees of the res­i­dence to a dozen from 524. He has also an­nounced to put the 31 of 33 ex­pen­sive bul­let-proof cars on auc­tion in a bid to re­duce the gov­ern­ment ex­penses.

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