ISLAMABAD - The personal tailor of the premier-in-waiting on Wednesday said that Imran Khan would wear traditional ‘sherwani’ on August 18, the day he is expected to take oath of the office of the prime minister.

Earlier, there were media reports that Khan had got cancelled order of a ‘sherwani’ from Jalil Tailors and Drapers that was to be worn by him for an important day of his political career. Jalil Tailors is one of the oldest tailoring shops in the twin cities having been making dresses for political elite of the country.

“I can assure you that the prime minister-in-waiting will wear ‘sherwani’ for his oath-taking ceremony,” Jalil Anjum, one of the owners of Jalil Tailors, said while talking to The Nation. He said that Khan wanted to promote austerity; thus had got cancelled his earlier order of ‘sherwani’. “Some things are on the standby and I cannot disclose the same right at the moment,” he said.

Jalil said that he could not disclose as to whether Khan would wear an old sherwani or ask the tailor for a rented dress. He said that this was not the first time that his shop had got an order of a dress for Khan as they had previously been stitching dresses for the PTI chief. He said that Khan had also got stitched his bridal dress for his second marriage with Reham Khan from their shop.

Jalil Tailors have been making ceremonial dresses for the last many decades for important government functionaries including presidents, prime ministers and ministers. The tailoring shop was earlier located in Rawalpindi but now has an outlet in Islamabad.

Jalil said that they had been stitching ‘sherwanis’ for all former prime ministers and presidents since Zia regime.

The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah used to wear sherwani and after creation of Pakistan, it became a tradition that presidents and prime ministers wear the traditional dress during their oath-taking ceremonies and on other important national events.