Former cricket players, athletes and celebrity musicians have congratulated PTI's Khan for his performance at the country's general elections on social media.
"This is the result of 22 years of conviction, relentless efforts, determination and not giving up!" said former fast-bowler and national cricket team player Shoaib Akhtar.
“Well done to the new PM of Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI all the best,” said boxer Amir Khan.
Pakistani former cricketer Wasim Akram yesterday visited the would be PM.
Shahid Afridi, another cricketer, congratulated the former cricketer-turned-politician.
“Congrat PTI and @ImranKhanPTI on a truly historic victory! The 22 yr old struggle has finally paid off & deservedly. Pakistanis have a lot of expectations from u I really hope u lead from the front! I request all opposing parties& media to accept the result and help rebuild,” he tweeted.
His ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith paid tribute to his years of political struggle on Twitter. Congratulating Imran for becoming PM, she says that his challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the first place.
“22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons' father is Pakistan's next PM. It's an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI,” said Goldsmith, who was married to Khan between 1995 and 2004.
Goldsmith and Khan have maintained cordial relations despite their divorce. The couple have two sons. Khan has been married twice after divorcing Goldmith.