Islamabad: Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, may take oath of the office on the country’s Independence Day on August 14, reports said on Saturday. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 elections, winning 116 National Assembly seats out of the contested 270 parliamentary constituencies.
Khan had expressed his desire to take the oath of Prime Minister on August 11, as his party announced that it had acquired enough seats in the lower house through coalition talks to form a majority government. “It is my and caretaker PM retired Justice Nasirul Mulk’s desire that the oath-taking of the new PM should take place on August 14,” caretaker Law Minister Ali Zafar said.
Unveiling a tentative schedule of the National Assembly formation, the minister said the Election Commission of Pakistan was already on board as it was engaged in making necessary arrangements required to hold the prime minister’s election on the desired date. Zafar said a fresh session of the assembly could be called on August on 11 or 12. -Agencies
1.67 million votes rejected in polls
At least 1.67 million votes have been rejected in the July 25 polls, 11.7% more than the 1.5% rejected in the general elections in 2013. A report from the Free and Fair Election Network said the number may slightly vary after the consolidated result.