On August 18, former cricket champion Imran Khan, 56, an idol of the Pakistani people, was sworn in after being officially elected prime minister by the country’s parliament. The new Prime Minister of Pakistan received the support of Parliament with a very reserved attitude because in front of him were huge challenges.
Cricket gave Imran Khan many things. One of them was Pakistan’s first and only championship at the World Cricket Championship in 1992. The “legendary” reputation in the sport paved the way for Khan to enter politics, which making him the head of government after the July 25 election.
For the time being, cricket will continue to be an effective diplomatic tool for Khan to capitalize on and improve relations with India. In December 2015, as PTI President, he met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to improve bilateral relations. Khan believes t
he two countries cannot “live forever in a state of war” and that the relationship needs to be changed. Immediately after winning the last election, Mr. Khan telephoned and invited Modi to attend his inauguration as Prime Minister on 11/8.
The new Pakistani prime minister reaffirmed his determination to eliminate corruption and vowed to lead the way. The new prime minister’s inauguration will be conducted in a very simple manner, which is consistent with the statements against authorities’ abusive actions and impressed a lot in the last election.
After reaching the goal, the people whom Pakistanis worship as an idol prepare to face many huge challenges. Pakistan is about to fall into an ecological disaster with serious water shortage. If the government does nothing to change this situation, the United Nations predicts that Pakistan will run out of clean water by 2025.
Besides, this country is facing a serious trade deficit. Pakistan will have to find a way to borrow billions of dollars more. The International Monetary Fund is expected to provide Islamabad with the 13th installment of credit (approximately US $ 12 billion). Finally, another major challenge is the instability of security issues in the western provinces, the victim of recent terrorist attacks, whose main culprit is the Islamic State organization.