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Pakistan’s Imran Khan has Jeremy Corbyn’s backing

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn  (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has given his support to Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan.

Taking to Twitter, Corbyn congratulated the Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief and said he hoped the new government would deliver “social justice.”

He tweeted: “Congratulations to @ImranKhanPTI, sworn in yesterday as Pakistan’s Prime Minister. We give our support to the people of Pakistan, and hope that the new government can deliver social justice and help build a country that works for all.”

These words of support come after Khan said he would like to transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state.

Besides Corbyn, British prime minister Theresa May also spoke to the Pakistan leader to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posting on Twitter, May wrote: “Pleased to talk to @ImranKhanPTI, Prime Minister of Pakistan. The UK and Pakistan share deep and important links. There is plenty for our two countries to work together on, not least increasing bilateral trade and mutual security issues.”

Shortly after taking the oath, Khan announced several austerity measures, which included ditching bulletproof cars and opting for a three-bedroom lodging instead of the sprawling prime minister’s house that had 524 staff.

“I want to tell my people, I will live a simple life, I will save your money,” Khan said.

During his 70-minute speech on Sunday (19), Khan also called on the rich to start paying taxes and urged Pakistanis living abroad to send money back to domestic banks to help the country’s foreign currency crisis.