Islamabad: Imran Khan 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 Mamnoon Hussain 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 Mamnoon Hussain is trying to speak in immaculate Urdu accent, making it hard for Imran Khan to catch up. Perhaps, Imran Khan should have taken oath in English,” he tweeted.
The Oxford-educated Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister Saturday, officially taking over the charge of power in the corruption affected country nearly 22 years after the former cricket hero entered politics.