Islamabad, Aug 11 (UNI) Putting an end to speculation about the election of prime minister on Independence Day, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has declared that Imran Khan would take the oath as the country’s 21st prime minister on August 18, according to a report in the Dawn.
After a meeting of senior party leaders at Khan’s residence in Banigala, the PTI also announced the names of Asad Qaiser, Chaudhry Sarwar and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi for the positions of National Assembly speaker, Punjab governor and Punjab Assembly speaker, respectively.
While no decision has been made for the Punjab chief minister’s slot, the PTI decided to call a grand meeting of parliamentarians of the party and its allies on Monday evening after they would have been administered the oath by the speaker of the previous assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of the PML-N.
The PTI claims to have secured a simple majority in the NA by having the support of 180 MNAs.
PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry while speaking to Dawn on Friday said: “It has been decided by the party that Imran Khan will take the oath as prime minister of Pakistan on August 18. The decision was taken in a meeting of senior party leaders at his residence in Banigala.”
The official date of the oath of the prime minister is announced by the NA speaker.
The inaugural session of the assembly commences on August 13 when all the MNAs will be administered the oath while the election of speaker and deputy speaker to be held on August 15 or 16.