Imran Khan to be sworn in as PM before Pakistan’s Independence Day

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Islamabad, July 29 :Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister before the country’s independence day on August 14.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  has announced as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

Though the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, the party is still short of numbers to form its government on its own.

PTI leader Naeenul Haq told the media on Saturday night that consultations are on to complete the number game.

“We have done our homework and he will take oath as Prime Minister before August 14,”  Haq said.

According to the complete preliminary results announced by the ECP, the PTI has obtained 115 seats – 22 short of a simple majority — while the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively.

The PTI leaders who have won more than one seat will have to vacate additional seats as the law allows an individual to retain only one seat. The Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has won five seats and he will have to vacate four.

Pakistan’s lower house of Parliament comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected. A party can only form the government if it manages to secure 172 seats in total.

On the other hand, two other major parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), are expected to meet in a couple of days to devise a joint strategy in a bid to give a tough time to the PTI in parliament, Dawn reported.

According to various TV reports, senior PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah will meet PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Sunday.

The Pakistani media throughout the day on Saturday kept on mentioning names of possible candidates for key government offices and possible members of the federal cabinet, however, the PTI sources told Dawn that no names were discussed in meetings held in Banigala, residence of Imran Khan, as the party was still busy in making calculations.

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