Mirwaiz hopes Imran Khan-led govt realises dream of Jinnah’s ‘Naya Pakistan’

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while felicitating Imran Khan for taking oath as the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan extended best wishes and prayers from the people of J&K and hoped that the government of Pakistan will work hard to realize the dream of Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah – both economically and politically stable Pakistan.

In a statement, Mirwaiz in his message of greetings to Imran Khan, said that he was hopeful that the new slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’ floated by the new Prime Minister of Pakistan would turn to success under the new government there. Mirwaiz also hoped that the new regime in Pakistan would continue to advocate strongly for the resolution of problems faced by Muslims across the globe and work hard for their redressal.

Mirwaiz said that Pakistan has always supported the people of Kashmir on political moral and diplomatic fronts by acting as the mediator and voice of the oppressed people at international forums and that he was hopeful the new government under Prime Minister Imran Khan would continue to support the people’s struggle for realisation of Right to self determination.

Meanwhile, APHC spokesman strongly condemned the forces vandalism, thrashing of people and arrest spree during nocturnal raids in Bhan area of Kulgam and Hall in Pulwama terming it as state terrorism aimed at instilling fear among the local population.

APHC expressed grief over the death of hundreds of people and damage caused by devastating floods in Indian state of Kerala and empathized with the people there. The spokesman also extended condolence to the families whose dear ones were killed in the floods. (PTK)

Imran Khan swears in Pakistan’s new prime minister

SRINAGAR: Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister today, nearly 22 years after the former cricket hero entered politics.

Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was administered the oath of office by President Mamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad.

The ceremony commenced with the national anthem, followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

Clad in a black sherwani, Khan was seen little nervous as he faced Clad in a black sherwani, Khan was seen little nervous as he faced difficulties in pronouncing some Urdu words during the oath.

Khan, who famously captained the national cricket team to World Cup glory in 1992, has also invited some of his former teammates to witness his formal ascension to the top ministerial job in the country.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned-commentator Rameez Raja, former paceman Wasim Akram were among the special guests present at the ceremony.

Khan also invited Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Rameez Raja, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Moin Khan and Aaqib Javed who had played the 1992 Cup final at Melbourne, Australia.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Central Additional Information Faisal Javed Khan said that the oath-taking will take place on August 18. A similar announcement regarding inviting Indian cricketers and celebrities to the ceremony had earlier been made by PTI Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry. However, it was later said that Khan had opted for an austere ceremony and decided against inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities to the planned oath-taking. (PTK)

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