Former cricket legend Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistan Prime Minister

PTI Chairman Imran Khan arriving at Parliament

PTI Chairman Imran Khan arriving at Parliament

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.

Votes secured by Imran Khan are the same as were polled by the party candidate for election of the Speaker.

He said, "I have come to Pakistan on my friend's [Imran] invitation. These are very special moments".

In a televised speech shortly after the July 25 elections, Imran Khan vowed to work for the poorest of poor and called for dialogue with India.

Jemima was responding to a tweet by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporter, who said people wanted to see the sons of the prime minister-elect attend their father's swearing-in ceremony.

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Mr Sidhu said former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away yesterday, also talked about peace between the two countries.

PPP members attended the session but abstained from voting. It garnered nearly 17 million votes, trouncing the Pakistan Muslim League, the incumbent governing party of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with just under 13 million ballots.

Rival candidate, Shehbaz Sharif, of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), garnered 96 votes.

Khan's PTI won the July 25 election, but did not have enough seats for an outright majority, forcing its leader to partner with smaller parties and independents in order to form a government.

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