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The new prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has made many promises to change his country. Mr Khan gave a speech on television on Sunday just one day after being sworn in as Pakistan's new leader. He spoke about improving his country's international image. In his speech, Khan vowed to improve relations with Pakistan's neighbours India and Afghanistan. He also said he would work on repairing ties with the United States. Relations between Pakistan and the USA have worsened in the past few years because the USA accused Pakistan of helping terrorists. Khan also promised to create millions of jobs, reform health and education, help the poor, develop opportunities for young people and fight corruption.
Imran Khan, 65, is a hugely popular figure in Pakistan. He is greatly loved for being one of his country's greatest ever cricketers. He made his international debut at the age of 18 and went on to captain Pakistan to the country's only Cricket World Cup victory, in 1992. Khan retired from cricket that same year. In April 1996, he entered politics and founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. This is the Pakistan Movement for Justice. He won a seat in Pakistan's National Assembly in October 2002. In the 2013 elections, his party won the second largest number of votes, making Khan a powerful politician and possible future leader. His party won the largest number of seats in last month's election.Comprehension questions
- How many promises did Imran Khan make?
- How long after becoming prime minister did Khan make his speech?
- Who does Imran Khan want to improve ties with?
- What did the article say the USA accused Pakistan of doing?
- What did Imran Khan say he wanted to fight?
- How old is Imran Khan?
- When did Imran Khan make his international cricketing debut?
- When did Imran Khan enter politics?
- When did Imran Khan win a seat in Pakistan's National Assembly?
- When did Imran Khan's party win the second largest number of votes?
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