Islamabad (August 13, 2018): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has finalised decisions on all matters of the government including cabinet, this was stated by PTI’s Spokesperson, Fawad Chaudhry while talking to the newsmen outside Parliament House today.
“We have requested the opposition to [start] a new tradition and work with the government,” said Chaudhry.
“The nation has banked its hopes on Imran Khan, and we have also put our trust in him,” Chaudhry remarked, as he admitted that it was “slightly daunting” to see so many hopes of a better future for the country linked to the party.PTI vice-president Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters the party will do its best to deliver on the public’s expectations.
“We will work day and night to resolve the country’s problems,” he vowed.
The PTI leader added that decision on where Imran Khan would reside after becoming prime minister would be made soon.
Earlier today, newly elected members of the National Assembly took the oath of their office.
Outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who presided over the first session of the 15th National Assembly, administered the oath to the newly elected members of parliament.
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The MNAs are currently signing the Roll of Members.
The national anthem was played at the opening of the session, which was followed by recitation of Holy Quran.
PTI chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif were among those who took the oath.Mr Bhutto-Zardari took the oath as member of parliament for the first time, whereas his father returned to the house after more than two decades.
PM To Be elected On August 17
The election of the Prime Minister is conditional on the submission of their nomination papers on August 16, if it is done as per schedule, would pave way for the process to be completed by the evening on the same day. Otherwise, the election will be held on the morning of August 17.
The Prime Minister-elect’s oath-taking ceremony is slated for August 18, at the President House.
Once the allotment of general seats was finalised, those reserved for women and minorities were also allocated to the political parties.
PTI Leading with 158 Seats In National Assembly
Leading the race with the most number of MNA-elects is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 158 seats (125 general, 28 women and five minorities).However, candidates with dual nationalities are required to leave their seats which would reduce the tally for the Imran Khan-led PTI, leaving them to rely on support from Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s seven members, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s five, Balochistan Awami Party’s five, and Balochistan National Party-Mengal’s four members.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is in second place with a total of 82 seats, after winning 64 general seats, two minority seats and 16 women seats.
The Pakistan Peoples Party is at a distant third with a total of 53 seats, with 42 general seats, two seats reserved for minorities, and nine reserved for women.
Security Arrangements Tightened
From Bani Gala to the Parliament House, security arrangements have been finalised, authorities and sources confirmed, while additional measures will also be implemented for the first session of the 15th NA.
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According to sources, the security in the district, including the red zone areas, will be on “red alert” — or high alert — in light of the NA session, and only people with special passes will be allowed into the Parliament.
Police and Rangers have been deployed as per the stricter security measures for the day. No random person would be let into the red zone.