Imran Khan elected Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister

Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu

The newly-elected National Assembly members will vote for the country's next Prime Minister today.

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived in Pakistan on Friday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan.

He challenged Khan on his words to the nation and said, "our prime minister-elect has promised a 100-day roadmap".

Both the leaders agreed that money laundering is a huge issue for the developing economies, adding that Pakistan would desire to receive assistance from the United Kingdom to minimise money laundering.

Khan said "No one has ever been able to blackmail me before". In comparison with the unnerve speech of upset PM Khan, the much younger opposition party leader Bilawal Bhutto stole the show and spotlight in a minutes of speech tilted towards him from the hero of the show, PM Imran Khan. His only rival, Shahbaz Sharif of the ousted Pakistan Muslim League, won 96 votes, Qaiser said.

After having secured a simple majority in the July 25 general elections, the PTI is in a comfortable position to form its government at the Centre with its allies.

Khan shot back that he had "struggled 22 years" to become premier. "You had said that if rigging in 2013 elections would be proven, Nawaz Sharif's government should resign". "No military dictator raised me".

How Khan addresses historic civil-military tensions that have dogged successive governments could define his term.

Sharif, who was jailed over corruption accusations several weeks before the election, saw his second stint in power ended by a military coup in 1999.

To deal with current account pressures Pakistan's central bank has devalued the rupee four times since December, while interest rates have been hiked three times this year. He also entertained reporters with a few couplets conveying a message of peace and love between the two neighbours.

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