Imran Khan elected new Prime Minister of Pakistan

Navjot Singh Sidhu Arrives For Imran Khan's Oath Taking Ceremony In Pak

Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday announced his travel to Pakistan as a "goodwill ambassador" to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan.

Khan is assured to win, following his party's victory in last month's general elections.

Sidhu had earlier said that he had informed the Union Home Ministry and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's office regarding his intention to attend Khan's oath-taking ceremony on August 18. His only rival, Shahbaz Sharif of the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won 96 votes, Qaiser said, with some opposition parties including the third-largest Pakistan People s Party (PPP) abstaining from the vote. A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.

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), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, he founded. The army and Khan have denied the claims.

Khan and the PTI campaigned on promises to end widespread graft while building an "Islamic welfare state". Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Arbab Shahzad was also invited as a special guest, reports said.

He will face myriad challenges including militant extremism, water shortages, and a booming population negating growth in the developing country, among others.

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