Islamabad: A house in the Ministers’ Enclave in Islamabad will be declared the official residence of Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan’s new prime minister, as his private house is vulnerable to threats, according to a media report.
Khan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections. Khan, 65, would take oath as the prime minister on August 11. Khan, in his victory speech on July 26, had announced that he would not use the Prime Minister’s House as his residence and that his party would later decide the fate of the building.
Shortly after his party’s victory in the elections, the police and the district administration started extending VVIP protocol and security to Khan. Security was tightened around Khan’s Banigala residence, Dawn newspaper reported. Senior police officers visited Khan’s Banigala residence and assessed the home and the area around it, including the hills.
Police said there was no standard operating procedure for the prime minister-in-waiting, but since Khan is likely to be the next PM, necessary measures have been taken for his security.
12 religious parties secure 9% votes
- Twelve religious parties, including Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-backed Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, which contested the general elections in Pakistan saw a decline in their vote share when compared with the 2013 polls, securing just over 9% of the total votes polled across the country.
- According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the highest number of votes for religious parties was cast in Punjab (2,704,856 votes) but that contributed to only 7.98% of the province’s overall vote bank the lowest among all other provinces in Pakistan, The Dawn reported.