Sunil Gavaskar unable to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2018

Imran Khan will take the oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister on August 18, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader said on Friday.

He was speaking to reporters outside the Parliament ahead of the inaugural session of the 15th National Assembly.

The party has, however, nominated a loyalist for position of chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where it has won a two-thirds majority in the elections.

And the outgoing speaker will take oath from the newly elected speaker and hand the charge of the house over to him.

The NA speaker will be elected first after which he will conduct the election of the deputy speaker.

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Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said the entire squad that Khan captained to victory in the 1992 World Cup were invited to the ceremony, as well as Indian cricket greats Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Its tally increased to 125 after nine independent members joined it.

Geo News reported that President Mamnoon Hussain has made a decision to postpone his visit to Scotland in order to administer the oath to the next prime minister.Mamnoon was scheduled to visit Edinburgh from August 16 to August 19. Asad Umar is expected to get the key post of finance minister and Khan is also expected to appoint prominent businessman Abdul Razzak Dawood as advisor on finance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed hope that Pakistan would work in the direction to make the country "terror and violence" free under the new government of Imran Khan.

The PML-N total strength has reached 82, the PPP 53; the MMA 15; the MQM-P seven; the PML-Q five; the BAP five; and the BNP four seats. It means PTI still needs support of 14 members of smaller parties and joint Opposition needs 16. Reportedly, several leaders are in the running for the coveted seat, which is second only to the premier in importance.

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