Will take oath as Pakistan PM on August 11: Imran
Pakistan-Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, on Monday, said that he will take oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister on August 11. The PTI, led by 65-year-old Khan, has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly (NA) after the July 25 elections, but it is still short of 22 seats to form the government on its own. Here are more details.
The PTI has bagged 116 seats in the election, whereas the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively. Unsurprisingly, PTI has been trying to woo smaller parties and independents to form the next government. It has reportedly been approaching the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), PML-Quaid (PML-Q), and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).
While addressing PTI members of the Provincial Assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Khan said, "I have also decided about Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that I will announce in the next 48 hours. Whatever I have decided in this regard is in the best interest of people." He said alleviation of poverty from interior Sindh will be among the top priorities of his government.
Meanwhile, two major parties -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) -- have agreed on the formulation of a "coordinated joint strategy" if the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf manages to form its government at the center.