Imran Khan begins new innings as Pakistan PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Aug 2018 08:15:43



‘KAPTAN’ Imran Khan on Saturday began a new innings as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, assuming the reins at a time when the country was facing serious financial woes, uneasy ties with its neighbours and possible international sanctions for failing to combat terrorism. Khan, 65, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was administered the oath of office as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister by President Mamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) here.

The ceremony, which was scheduled to begin at 9:30 am, started 40-minute late. It commenced with the national anthem, followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

Clad in a traditional greyish black sherwani, a tearful former cricket hero was seen little nervous as he stumbled over some of the Urdu words of the oath administered to him. Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, diplomats and other special invitees attended the ceremony. Wasim Akram and other members of the 1992 cricket World Cup winning team that Khan captained to victory also watched the ceremony alongside senior PTI leaders. “A new morning is here in Pakistan with a new government which can change destiny of the country,” Sidhu said, hoping that Khan’s victory will be good for Pakistan-India peace process.

India’s relations with Pakistan remains strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016. The sentencing of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by a Pakistani military court in April last year has further deteriorated the bilateral ties.

Pakistan’s relations with war-torn Afghanistan has also plunged over the issue of cross-border terrorism. The US has long been frustrated with Pakistan’s overt and covert support to the Afghan Taliban and other terror groups, forcing the Trump administration to warn Islamabad and to slash military aid to the country. Khan has assumed charge days after a delegation of the global financial watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) asked Pakistan to strengthen its laws and implementation against terror financing and money laundering.

Imran approves 15 Federal Ministers, five advisers: NEW Pakistan Prime Minister on Friday approved the cabinet naming 15 Federal Ministers and five others as Advisors. The ministers will be sworn in on Monday, according a spokesman of Khan’s PTI party. Several ministers are old faces from the Pakistan’s establishment in the past.