PM Modi hopes Imran Khan’s Pakistan will work for peace

Waqar Younis speaks to Geo News in Lahore

Waqar Younis speaks to Geo News in Lahore

Former cricketer and Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Sidhu formally got an invite for the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan's Tehereek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

PTI vice president Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters the party will do its best to deliver on the public's expectations.

The first session of the 15th National Assembly is underway in Islamabad during which 331 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath after their election in the July 25 countrywide polls.

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There are reports that President Hussain has cancelled his three-day trip to Ireland to administer the oath to the new prime minister. The two parties have made a decision to field joint candidates for posts of speaker, deputy speaker and prime minister.

The invite sent from PTI chairman's secretariat said: "It's indeed a great pleasure to have invited you for the oath-taking ceremony of PTI's Chairman Imran Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan".

On Thursday, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, "Imran Khan will be elected prime minister of the country "within the first round" of vote in the parliament".

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Khan has also been getting facilitation meetings and congratulatory appreciations from representatives of various countries including India.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) now has 15 seats after the addition of three reserved seats, two for women and one for non- Muslim.

All members will take oath as Member National Assembly. Hence, a winning candidate will need support of 166 lawmakers instead of 172. "We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence", the Prime Minister responded when asked if India is ready to hold talks with Pakistan. "The PTI will have to develop a good working relationship with all parliamentary parties, including the opposition, to deliver on its election promises", he added.

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