Cricket legend Imran Khan to take oath as Pakistan’s Premier on August 11

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By Muhammad Luqman

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that he will take oath as prime minister on August 11, just three days before 72th Independence day of the South Asian nation, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

Talking to the newly elected lawmakers from north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the capital Islamabad, he said that the name for the slot of KP chief minister will be announced soon.

On Sindh, he said alleviation of poverty from interior Sindh will be among the top priorities of PTI government.

Although the PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the polls, the final results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) show that the party is still short of numbers to form its government independently. According to the results, the PTI has bagged 115 general seats — 22 short of simple majority — whereas the PML-N and PPP have won 64 and 43 seats, respectively, newspaper Daily Dawn reported.

To meet the required number of votes, the PTI leadership has reportedly been approaching the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), PML-Quaid (PML-Q), and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), as well as independents.

Meanwhile, two major parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party — have agreed on formulation of a “coordinated joint strategy” if Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf manages to form its government at the centre.

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