Imran Khan was elected as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan during a special session of the Lower House on Friday after the majority of National Assembly members voted for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman.
Following the development, Twitter erupted with congratulatory messages.
Malala Yousufzai was quick to congratulate the new prime minister.
— Malala (@Malala) August 17, 2018
Others, including notables, also congratulated the cricket legend on his victory.
الحمدللّٰہ! شکر یا الٰہی!
میں اپنے دوست عمران خان کو 22nd وزیرِاعظم منتخب ہونے پر مبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں
— Babar Awan (@BabarAwanPK) August 17, 2018
— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (@TahirulQadri) August 17, 2018
— Dr. Yasmin Rashid (@Dr_YasminRashid) August 17, 2018
Some, however, congratulated the ruling party with a hint of jealousy.
Mubarak ho PTI (176 votes)
Say thank you to MQM (7 votes)
Required 172, Abb yea ahsaan nahi bhoolna
— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) August 17, 2018
PTI heavyweight Jehangir Khan Tareen lauded newly elected PM Khan.
"We may encounter defeats in life, but we must not be defeated". This quote is the biggest takeaway from IKs remarkable journey that started from scratch in '97 & has culminated in a massive success today. Congratulations Pakistan. Congratulations Wazire Azam Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/noGgWEtIUI
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) August 17, 2018
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) August 17, 2018
I have a lot of respect for people who struggle to get to where they are despite all odds. Mr #ImranKhan embodies that struggle. “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through. You rarely win BUT sometimes you DO.” #NayaPakistan
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) August 17, 2018
Aaaaannd it's official. Wazeer-a-Azam Imran Khan is a reality.
Congratulations, Imran Khan, congratulations PTI and the supporters.
May this five year tenure see a better, prosperous, and stable Pakistan.
— Abid Hussain (@abidhussayn) August 17, 2018
Congratulations to Imran Khan for getting elected as the 22nd #PrimeMinister of Pakistan. Definitely, the dawn of a new era in Pakistan. Now it is time to give PTI government some much-needed encouragement to make them deliver whatever they promised during the last few years.
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) August 17, 2018
#Pakistan's next Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI — who will be sworn in tomorrow — faces the daunting task of fixing the country's ailing economy, including deciding whether to ease pressure on the rupee by seeking a bailout from the @IMFNews.
— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) August 17, 2018