ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has been elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, nearly 22 years after he started his struggle.
He received 176 votes as against 96 votes by his only rival Shahbaz Sharif of PML (N) at the voting held at Parliament House in Islamabad to elect Leader of the House in the National Assembly on Friday afternoon.
In a house of 372, the winning candidate was required to obtain at least 172 votes to become the Prime Minister.
Members of PTI and its allied parties greeted victory of Imran Khan with thumping of desks when Speaker Asad Qaiser declared the result after completion of voting process through division of house.
Khan, clad in a waistcoat and traditional white shalwar kameez garments, smiled broadly and could be seen wiping tears from his eyes while clutching prayer beads as the count was announced.
PPP members attended the session but abstained from voting.
Earlier, the session kicked off around 4:30pm with all lawmakers seated. Imran Khan arrived at parliament well ahead of the scheduled polling time.
Before the process of election which is taking place through division, the Speaker read out the procedure for the election. Bells were rung for five minutes to allow Members of the National Assembly not present in the Chamber to be present.
Simple Oath-Taking Ceremony
The newly-elected prime minister Imran Khan had directed to stage the oath-taking event in simple manner.
The guests will be served with tea and biscuits in the oath-taking ceremony to be held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) Islamabad on August 18 (tomorrow).
The PTI chief had also directed to avoid any unnecessary burden on the national exchequer in this regard.
Only a few close friends of Imran Khan have been invited. There will be no show of extravagance at the event.
Imran Khan s Victory Speech
On July 26, the Oxford-educated leader delivered his victory speech in Islamabad after his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in the elections held on July 25, declaring himself as the new prime minister.
During his victory speech, Khan promised a welfare state system based on the British model.
He also pledged to “strengthen institutions” and “increase income” in order to “get more taxes and benefit the country”.
He said: “When I came into politics, I wanted Pakistan to become the kind of country that our leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted. “This election is a historic election in Pakistan. In this election, people have sacrificed a lot.
Khan said: “I feel that this election has been the fairest in Pakistan’s history. If any party has any doubts, we will open the results of those constituencies up for investigation.”