Highlights of the Oath-taking Ceremony

President Mamnoon Hussain managed the oath to Mr. Khan a day later he was elected as 22nd prime minister of the country by the National Assembly to form the government at the Centre.

Dressed in a black sherwani, the prime minister arrived at the Presidency. The ceremony initiated with recitation from the Holy Quran which was trailed by the president taking oath from the PM. With this oath-taking, the caretaker government at the Centre stood dissolved.

Former Indian cricket star Navjot Singh Sidhu and members of the Pakistan team which won the 1992 world cup were among the special guests who attended the ceremony.

Wasim Akram, film star Javed Sheikh, and singer Abrarul Haq were also there at the Presidency. The PTI chief’s wife and first lady Bushra Maneka also attended the oath-taking ceremony.

Besides, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa and other two services chiefs, diplomatic representatives, political leaders and government officials were also present at the event that will be written down in history.

Imran Khan received 176 votes in a race which also featured PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif who managed 96 votes. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamaat-e-Islami abstained from voting. The announcement was met with loud applause as well as protests by PML-N members as the speaker tried to maintain order in the house. Mr. Khan sat smiling in his seat and accepted congratulations by party members.

For years, he was dismissed as a political dilettante who could not convert his personal popularity into significant seats in parliament for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

“I will not leave those who looted this country for years, who spent all our taxpayers’ money abroad and didn’t let this country progress, there will be no reconciliation with the looters, accountability will be our top priority,” Imran Khan said during his first speech as PM-elect in National Assembly.

“In 2013, I was demanding scrutiny in just four constituencies but was dubbed a conspirator and all sorts of delaying tactics were used (by the then ruling party PML-N). When I resorted to protest, I have again dubbed an agitator for exercising my constitutional right but I promise we will not stop you from demanding scrutiny or protest, in fact, if you will come out on streets, we will offer you our own container for the purpose,” said Imran Khan.

“we are in power now, same ideals shall be transpired to reform the electoral process which we promised”.

“Will stand in the national assembly twice every month to answer the questions about my leadership,” PTI chairman said.”

“I don’t belong to any political family nor was I brought up by a military dictator,” he argued.

“I did not climb on any dictator’s shoulders; I reached this place after struggling for 22 years. Only one leader struggled more than me and that was my hero, Jinnah,” claimed Imran Khan.

“Just like I revolutionized cricket, I will make the election process neutral so that both the winners and losers accept the result,” The newly-elected PM said.

9:00  Lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf,  allied parties, and others invited to the ceremony are gathering in the President House.

8:50  Wasim Akram, Navjot Singh Sidhu, filmstar Javed Sheikh, singer Abrarul Haq, KP chief minister Mahmood Khan,  Fehmida Mirza, Chaudhry Sarwar, Zartaj Gul and several others were seen arriving in the President House.

10:00 Imran Khan leaves Bani Gala for the President House.

9:57 Imran Khan’s wife Bushra BB has arrived at the President House.

9:48  No leader of opposition parties has turned up so far, although the senior leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were invited.

9:40 Services Chiefs are also present in the President House.

10:59  Imran Khan meets staff of the Prime Minister House.

10:55   A contingent of presents guard of honor to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

10:18: President of Pakistan administers the oath to Imran Khan