Imran Khan wrongly pronounced Urdu words while taking oath
Imran Khan today 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 Mamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad. Clad in a traditional greyish black sherwani, a tearful Khan was seen little nervous at the ceremony.
A scene from the oath-taking ceremony
When Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said the words "Roz-e-Qiyaamat" (the day of Judgment), 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 realized his mistake, smiled subtly, said "sorry" and continued with his oath-taking.
Oath-taking ceremony should have been rehearsed: NYT Pakistan Correspondent
Some Pakistani journalists even wondered if the PM's oath has changed from past years. Salman Masood, The New York Times Pakistan Correspondent, said the oath-taking ceremony should have been rehearsed. 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 politics.