Islamabad: Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricket legend, was sworn-in as the country's 22nd Prime Minister on Saturday, a day after he won the backing from the newly-elected Parliament.
Khan, 65, who won a simple majority from lawmakers on Friday in a confidence vote, was administered oath by President Mamnoon Hussain.
Khan was sworn-in three weeks after the general elections took place on July 25.
He outvoted opposition and PML-N prime ministerial candidate Shahbaz Sharif in the PM's election.
On Friday, in his first address to Parliament, Khan vowed to act against those who looted Pakistan.
"I promise my nation today that we will bring the tabdeeli (change) that this nation was starving for," said Khan.
"We have to hold strict accountability in this country; the people who looted this country, I promise that I will work against them," he vowed.
The Oxford-educated Pasthun, who launched Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which means the movement for justice, in 1996, said that he reached this place after struggling for 22 years.
Former Indian cricket star Navjot Singh Sidhu was also among the special guests invited by Khan's team to attend the ceremony. Sidhu, alongside Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were the three Indian cricketers that were invited for Imran’s oath-taking ceremony. However, it was only Sidhu who attended the ceremony.
Ahead of Imran’s swearing-in, Sidhu shared a hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Ahead of the ceremony, Sidhu also dished out some “shayari”, praising Imran.
Sidhu sat next to the President of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan at Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony.
Sidhu arrived in Pakistan on Friday and was welcomed by PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan welcomed him upon his arrival in Islamabad.
Legendary cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp arrives in Islamabad to attend PM @ImranKhanPTI ‘s oath taking ceremony— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 17, 2018
PTI welcomes Mr.Sidhu
PTI leader @FaisalJavedKhan welcomed him upon his arrival in Islamabad #PrimeMinisterImranKhan pic.twitter.com/65RjRgL6Yi
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.
The PTI emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats in July 25 elections. Its number increased to 125 after nine independent members joined it and final tally reached 158 after it was allotted 28 out of 60 seats reserved for women and five out of 10 seats reserved for minorities.
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.
The Pakistan Peoples Party formed the government in 2008, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2013.
Pakistan's powerful military has ruled the country through various coups for nearly half of the country's history since independence in 1947....