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New Pakistan PM Imran Khan struggles with Urdu during oath-taking ceremony

Once corrected by the president, Khan realised his mistake, smiled subtly, said "sorry" and continued with his oath-taking

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, center, administers oath to newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, at Presidential Palace in Islamabad, | PTI photo

on Saturday stumbled over some of the Urdu words and wrongly pronounced them while taking oath as Pakistan's prime minister.

Khan, 65, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman, was administered a long oath by President at a simple ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad.

Clad in a traditional greyish black sherwani, a tearful Khan was seen little nervous as he stumbled over some of the Urdu words of the oath administered to him.

When President Hussain said the words "Roz-e-Qiyaamat" (the day of Judgement), Khan did not hear the exact phrase and called out the words wrongly terming them as "Roz-e-Qiyaadat" (the day of leadership) hence completely changing the meaning of the sentence.

Once corrected by the president, Khan realised his mistake, smiled subtly, said "sorry" and continued with his oath-taking.

Some Pakistani journalists even wondered if the prime minister's oath has changed from past years, The News reported.

Salman Masood, The New York Times Pakistan Correspondent, said the oath-taking ceremony should have been rehearsed.

"President is trying to speak in immaculate Urdu accent, making it hard for to catch up. Perhaps, should have taken oath in English," he tweeted.

The Oxford-educated Khan was sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister today, officially taking over the charge of power in the corruption affected country nearly 22 years after the former cricket hero entered

First Published: Sat, August 18 2018. 15:16 IST
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