Imran Khan likely to be sworn in as Pakistan PM before August 14: PTI

Imran Khan is set to be Pakistan's next prime minister
Pakistan’s likely new prime minister Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi (Getty)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi is likely to be sworn in as the new Prime Minister before the country’s Independence Day on August 14, informed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Naeenul Haq.
Haq said his party it is trying to reach out to all smaller parties and independents to form the next government in Pakistan.
Despite PTI emerging as the single largest party, it’s still short of numbers to form its government on its own. According to Haq, consultations are on to garner the required numbers.
According to the preliminary results announced by the ECP, PTI swept to victory with 115 seats, which is 12 less of a simple majority, while the PML-N and PPP obtained 64 and 43 seats, respectively.
Pakistan’s NA, the lower house of the Parliament comprises 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected. Hence, a party can only form the government if it manages to secure 172 seats in total.
According to sources, the political chess game has begun as parties are holding open meetings and secret parleys to arrange the coalition building.
According to newspaper reports, Pakistan’s two major parties, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are expected to meet in a couple of days to devise a joint strategy in a bid to give a tough time to the PTI in parliament.
As Imran Khan all set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan, his ‘big’ ideas on foreign policy have raised eyebrows as his vision contradicts with the military establishment’s core policies.