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Imran Khan elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Islamabad, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan on Friday was elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser announcing the results said Imran Khan secured 176 votes while his opponent Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz received 96.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the third largest party in the assembly abstained from voting.

Pakistan's constitution requires a candidate for prime minister to win a majority from the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. Imran Khan will take oath of the office of Prime Minister on August 18.

PTI led by Imran Khan emerged as the largest political party in Pakistan's general elections on July 25th defeating two main parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Earlier Imran Khan had also announced that his party would develop strong relations with Iran in every sphere.

Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, was born to a Pashtun family in Lahore, Punjab, in 1952 and educated at Aitchison, Worcester, and later at Keble College, Oxford. He hails from city of Mianwali in Punjab.

He, notably, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan's first and only victory in that competition.

In the year 1996, he founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with an aim to create a welfare state, where the state is responsible for education, health and employability of citizens.

In 1994, he established Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore Pakistan's first and largest cancer hospital. Later the hospital opened its second branch in Peshawar.

Khan established the cancer hospital, using donations and funds exceeding $25 million, raised by him from all over the world.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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