Peshawar: Media reports suggest Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan will take oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister on August 11 and not on August 14, as reported earlier.
On Sunday, the PTI declared that it was making all efforts to approach independents as well as smaller parties in a bid to form the next government. The 65-year-old Khan was quoted by Radio Pakistan as saying that he would take oath as Pakistan Prime Minister on 11th of next month, i.e. August.
While addressing his party members, Khan said he has also taken a decision regarding who would be the next chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said he would announce the name in the next 48 hours. “Whatever I have decided in this regard is in the best interest of people,” he added.
Khan tagged poverty alleviation from interior Sindh as his government’s top priorities. His swearing-in ceremony would take place before August 14, PTI spokesman Naeemul Haque had said.
He had expressed hope that the president would convene an Assembly session and Khan would take oath as PM before Pakistan’s Independence Day.
According to the final results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the PTI has won 116 seats, 22 short of simple majority. 137 seats were required for any party to win a simple majority.
The PML-N and PPP have bagged 64 and 43 seats, respectively. The PTI is now trying to encourage independents to join it so that it can reach the magic number.
Besides independents, the PTI has been reaching out to parties like Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and PML-Quaid (PML-Q).