President Emomali Rahmon has congratulated Pakistan’s new Prie Minister Imran Khan, wishing him success in his new appointment.

In his message of congratulations dated August 21, Emomali Rahmon expressed confidence that traditionally friendly bilateral relations and many-sided cooperation between Tajikistan and Pakistan will continue expanding, according to the Tajik president’s official website.  

Tajik leader expressed satisfaction with steady development of friendly ties between the two countries and noted that Tajikistan was always interested in further expansion of bilateral cooperation with Pakistan.  

The cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday, August 18, officially taking over the reins of power after his party's victory in the country's Jul 25 general election.

General elections were held in Pakistan on Wednesday 25 July, after the completion of a five-year term by the outgoing government.  At the national level, elections were held in 270 constituencies, each electing one member to the National Assembly.  At the provincial level, elections were held in each of the four provinces to elect Members of the Provincial Assemblies (MPA).

As a result of the elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) became the single largest party at the national level both in terms of popular vote seats.  At the provincial level, the PTI became the largest party in Punjab and remained the largest party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP); the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) remained the largest party in Sindh and the newly-formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) became the largest party in Balochistan.

Former cricket star, who captained Pakistan to a World Cup victory in 1992, Imran Khan, 65, who is leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.