Imran becomes PM, vows ruthless accountability

Published: August 17, 2018
Imran Khan. Photo:EXPRESS

Imran Khan. Photo:EXPRESS

Imran Khan. Photo:EXPRESS Imran Khan and Shehbaz Sharif shake hands at Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday became the country’s prime minister, pledging to bring to justice “all those who have robbed this country” through corruption and promising cooperation in investigating alleged rigging in the general elections.

The election to the prime minister was marred by pandemonium as opposition lawmakers resorted to sloganeering.

Imran, 65, scraped together a simple majority in the 342-member National Assembly or lower house of parliament.

“Imran Khan has secured 176 votes,” Speaker Asad Qaiser said after the vote that was broadcast live. He needed 172 votes for a majority.

His only opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif, secured 96 votes, with some opposition parties — including the third-largest Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) — abstaining from the vote.

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“We won’t spare anyone who looted the national wealth,” the prime minister-elect said in a speech after the vote amid strong protest from the PML-N.

It was apparent from his speech that he was reacting to the slogans directed at him.

“This was the day the nation was looking forward to as I have not come [to this house] on someone else’s shoulders nor any dictator has brought me up,” he said, adding he came to power on his own with 22 years of struggle without any legacy of politics in his family.

“Only one leader has struggled more than me in Pakistan and he is our hero Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

He vowed to hold radical scrutiny. “Those who looted money and put country under debt, I promise I will not leave each and every one of them and brink them to book,” he reiterated.

He stated that it was his promise to Almighty Allah as well that there would not be any kind of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for any dacoit.

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“I will bring the looted money and take each and every one responsible accountable.”

Amid shouting from the PML-N lawmakers and flanked by his party members, Imran said he would empower this house and every month he would show up and reply during question hour.

The prime minister-elect said they would debate in the house as to how debt swelled from Rs6,000 billion to Rs28,000 billion and would take those people to task for [waste of] the money that was supposed to be earmarked for education, health, justice and welfare of people.

“We will make a system and collect money from this nation instead of begging and asking others for help, and I want to convey my message to the younger generation which is the reason I am here, we will make their future [bright] and they will not need to go abroad and let them do jobs in their own country,” he maintained.

Then he changed the topic saying, let’s discuss the rigging. “I ask them in 2013 about opening of four constituencies and those who are now creating a fuss [in the house] did not do so despite reports of irregularities.”

He asked why they averted investigating it, adding had they done, nobody would have doubted the electoral process in 2018.

Referring to the way out of the rigging mantra, he said it was because of him that in the 250 years history of cricket neutral empires were brought in the game in 1986.

“We will make the electoral process in which the winner and the loser would both accept the results.”

Talking about complaints and concerns of the opposition parties in the 2018 elections, he remarked that if there were objections then they could go to courts or tribunals.

“Whatever investigation you want or [assistance of] the apex court or the Election Commission of Pakistan, we will cooperate with you because we know we haven’t committed rigging.”

The prime minister-elect, pointing towards protesting lawmakers, said they say the PTI was helped out to win the elections.

In fact, he added, they lost in 43 provincial constituencies of Punjab with less than 3,000 votes then who helped them losing it while in 14 National Assembly constituencies they lost with less than 4,000 votes.

He stated that he would not get in any blackmailing [tactic] as nobody had been able to do so till date.

“Do whatever you do and even if you need container to protest we will assist you in holding a sit-in, but no NRO would be given to anyone,” Imran concluded.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Malhotra
    Aug 17, 2018 - 5:57PM

    Congratulation Khan Sahab. I know things are not looking easy and you are handed over a huge bag full of issues, but ask Allah for help and In Sha Allah, he will shower you with guidance and mercy. We are all with you Khan. Recommend

  • Shabu
    Aug 17, 2018 - 6:52PM

    Best wishes for Imran and Pakistan..Recommend

  • Raheel
    Aug 17, 2018 - 7:07PM

    MashAllah! May Allah protect you and guide you to serve this nation for a better future. (Ameen)Recommend

  • Khwaja
    Aug 17, 2018 - 7:26PM

    We have a chance to progress and make friends all around us. It’s a great day.Recommend

  • Athar
    Aug 17, 2018 - 7:36PM

    great news for Pakistan. Imran khan only hope for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 17, 2018 - 9:30PM

    IK is the name of struggle every youth should learn from him that how one can achieve his goal through sheer hardwork and dedication. My eyes were full of tears when i saw his tears. May Almighty help him to help unprivileged of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Amjad
    Aug 17, 2018 - 9:52PM

    Best wishes for imran khan and we will remind our new PM Imran khan to please clean this country from this cancer of corrupt dangerous elements ppp pmln, bring each one that robbed the poor nation to justice and bring their stolen money from abroad. we want new clean sincere people to come forward and run the country instead of the old crooks that ruin this nation and bring extreme poverty in the country due to their corrupt rulingRecommend

  • Tarot
    Aug 17, 2018 - 10:38PM

    I predict that Aseefa Bhutto Zardari will be the next PM of Pakistan after Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Zarrwer
    Aug 17, 2018 - 11:16PM

    Finally a real Pakistan’s Prime MinisterRecommend

  • Shamsunissa Sablay
    Aug 17, 2018 - 11:21PM

    Mubarak on your achievements
    U have struggled but you have achieved.
    We r so overjoyed that u have become the PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN.
    We just want you to know that we place the confidence in u to lead Pakistan as a Muslim Country to be free of any negative events such as crime , corruption etc.
    May the Blessings and the Power of the All mighty with u forever.InShaaAllah
    How happy I would be to be in your presence.for leadership qualities.May u go from strength to strength InShaaAllah
    Lots of Duas
    Shamsunissa Sablay and FamilyRecommend

  • SAS
    Aug 17, 2018 - 11:46PM

    22nd PM, 1992 world Cup won with 22Runs and 22 years struggleRecommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 18, 2018 - 12:09AM

    General ‘Tiger’ Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi to Captain Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi !Recommend

  • Vikram Agarwal
    Aug 18, 2018 - 1:55AM

    Congratulations Mr. Khan. I hope India and Pakistan becomes friends again.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Aug 18, 2018 - 2:12AM

    Wow, well spotted, what a coincidence!Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 18, 2018 - 4:29AM

    Imran Khan Niazi selected as the 22nd Prime Minister of the Mega-Defeated and Mega-Public Surrendered country — Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 18, 2018 - 5:10AM

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  • Indian
    Aug 18, 2018 - 5:22AM

    @M. Emad: well the Tiger turned out to be a mouse. Wish IK wellRecommend

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