Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

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

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

In an interview to news agency ANI, Modi said he called Prime Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief to congratulate on his victory and he hoped that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region.

Imran Khan is expected to take oath as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18.

The card is also essential for casting vote in the elections of Speaker, deputy speaker and the Prime Minister.

The members who took the oath included Prime Minister-designate and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Party sources said that the list of the Cabinet has not been finalised but there is a general consensus that Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be the new Foreign Minister and Pervez Khattak the new Interior Minister.

Gavaskar attributed his inability to attend the ceremony to a test match in England on August 18, where he is due to be present.

Khan brings charisma and worldwide name recognition, but running the country will take considerable statecraft from his relatively inexperienced party. Main opposition parties, PML-N and PPP, hold 82 and 53 seats, respectively.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of Pakistan accepted the unconditional written apology from Khan for violating the secrecy of the ballot, removing the last possible hurdle in his swearing-in.

As far as provincial Assemblies are concerned, PTI is leading in Punjab with 179 seats in the house of 371 but it has not so far announced its chief ministerial candidate.

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