Sunil Gavaskar to seek government's advice on attending Imran Khan's swearing

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, did better than expected to scoop up 16.86 million votes, trouncing the party of jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, which finished second with 12.89 million.

Apart from the Japanese ambassador, the British envoy and other foreign dignitaries have also visited the PTI chief in recent days.

The spokesperson for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa division of the accountability body confirmed to The Express Tribune that Imran has been asked to appear before the panel on the given date.

But the 116 seats won by Khan's lawmakers were not enough to give him a majority without coalition partners in the National Assembly, which has 342 seats including 70 set aside for women and members of religious minorities.

Further after the support of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), the party will have 177 seats, Chaudhry said.

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But all opposition parties announced that they will field candidates for the office of the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker in the National Assembly.

Sources have said that the party has also made a decision to induct Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) in the federal cabinet.

The PTI has the second largest share of seats and is trying to form a government there. The MQM-P will be given portfolios of Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Ministry of Labour and Manpower.

They added that Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) will be given a federal ministry for their support in the centre, whereas the PTI will support BAP in getting its chief minister elected in Balochistan.

PTI and MQM-P signed a nine-point memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the formation of government in the Centre on Friday.

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