Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan was among the 329 newly-elected members of the National Assembly who took the oath on Monday, setting the stage for the cricketer-turned-politician to form the next government, only the second democratic transition of power. The maiden session of the 15th National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, concluded after outgoing Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the leaders in the 342-member house. They signed their presence in a register.
The National Assembly session was then adjourned till 10 am, on Monday. President Mamnoon Hussain had summoned the maiden session at the Parliament house, 19 days after Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party emerged as the single largest in the general elections. Khan and other prominent leaders including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former President Asif Ali Zardari also took oath.
The PTI chief shook hands and posed for a photo with Bilawal, who is entering the National Assembly for his maiden term. The Speaker announced that elections of the new Speaker and his deputy will be held on Wednesday. The PTI has nominated Asad Qaisar for Speaker, while Opposition has named Syed Khurshid Shah of the PPP as the joint opposition candidate for the post.
Combined Opposition nominates Shahbaz Sharif against Khan
The election of the Prime Minister will be held after election of the new Speaker who will supervise the election of the premier. The PTI has nominated Khan for the top post and he is scheduled to take oath on August 18 at the President House. The combined Opposition has nominated Shehbaz Sharif against Imran Khan.
Imran borrows waist coat for photo
Imran Khan borrowed a waistcoat from an employee of the Assembly to pose for a photograph for his parliamentary registration card.
Khan arrived in Parliament wearing a white shalwar kameez to attend the maiden session of the Assembly. He first got himself registered at the Parliament. He then asked for a waistcoat to pose for a registration card picture. One of the NA employees took off his black waistcoat and gave it to Khan. The employee also helped Khan wear the waistcoat, reports said.
(With inputs from Agencies)