Imran Khan’s maiden speech as PM: ‘no NRO with dacoits’

PTI chief Imran Khan has directed to stage the oath-taking event in simple manner

Khan says that the best way to honour the "towering leader" is by establishing peace between India and Pakistan.

Earlier this week, former Indian captain Kapil Dev announced that he can not attend Imran- Khan's oath taking ceremony due to "personal commitments".

In the July 25 elections, Imran Khan's PTI won 116 of the directly contested 272 seats, just 21 short of the halfway mark.

Pakistan's government also paid tribute to Vajpayee.

Mr. Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes.

For the cricket legend-turned-politician, his party's first place in a national election and becoming country's prime minister, is the culmination of a battle that started more than two decades ago.

Imran Khan, the in-waiting prime minister, has planned to change the chiefs of Federal Board of Revenue, NEPRA, Railways, Pakistan International Airlines and other institutions.

His mandate as leader will last five years.

Khan and the PTI campaigned on promises to end widespread graft while building an "Islamic welfare state".

It paves the way for him to form a coalition government.

But Khan will face a battle to push through his ambitious reforms and legislative agenda due to the thin majority in the National Assembly.

Known in Pakistan as "Taliban Khan" for his calls to hold talks with insurgents, he increasingly catered to religious hardliners during the campaign, spurring fears his leadership could embolden extremists.

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