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Imran Khan swears in new cabinet and pledges 'Islamic welfare state'

IMRAN KHAN’S cabinet was sworn in today after Pakistan’s new prime minister pledged on TV to slash government spending and crack down on corruption.

“In Pakistan’s history, we have never seen as big an economic crisis as we are in today,” he said, promising to run the country as an “Islamic welfare state” on the principles espoused by the Prophet Mohammed when he established the state of Medina in the 7th century.

“We are an indebted nation with no money, no money to spend on our children, on our poor people, on our farmers. We cannot give clean drinking water to our people.”

The cricketer-turned-politician spoke of the need to maintain peace with Pakistan’s neighbours, the challenges of climate change and the need for civil-service reform.

He also spoke favourably of progressive taxation and social welfare systems in the Scandinavian countries, saying Pakistan should follow their example.

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