Islamabad: When Imran Khan ceases to helm Pakistan, he will become the 22nd Prime Minister in the country’s history who failed to complete five years in office.
Indeed, none of the Prime Ministers has finished a full tenure. Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister after independence in 1947 but occupied the office only four years when he was assassinated on October 16, 1951, in Rawalpindi, Geo TV reported.
Khawaja Nazimuddin, who followed him, held power for less than two years. His successor, Muhammad Ali Bogra, also had a two-year tenure. Muhammad Ali Bogra was Prime Minister for just over years, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali for less than one year, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy (one year), Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar (2 months), Feroz Khan Noon (less than one year) and Nurul Amin (just 13 days).
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto became the Prime Minister but was jailed and hanged in 1979 after just two years in office. Muhammad Khan Junejo, who followed him, had three years in office, and Benazir Bhutto — the first female Prime Minister — ruled the country for two years in her first stint.
Nawaz Sharif was in office for less than three years in office, Benazir Bhutto returned to power for three years after that, and Sharif was again in the saddle but only for two years.
Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali succeeded him for 19 months, Chaudhry Shujaat for two months, Shaukat Aziz for three years, Yousuf Raza Gillani for four years, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (less than 1 year), against Nawaz Sharif.
He remained in office for the longest duration — 4 years and 53 days. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held the post for less than one year, leading to Imran Khan, who took office on August 18, 2018. His term was to end in 2023