PTI has numbers to form govt: Fawad

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Naeem says Imran to take oath as PM on Aug 14; Four independent MPAs join PTI

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-
Insaf has gained the
support of enough lawmakers required to form a coalition government after coming out victorious in elections as the single largest party.
In his statement on Saturday, Fawad Chaudhry, spokesperson for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, did not state exactly how many lawmakers agreed to join their future government, saying that the announcement would be made when the National Assembly convenes next week.
The PTI emerged as the single largest party, winning 116 of the 270 National Assembly seats. The outgoing PML-N won 64 seats while the Pakistan People’s Party finished in third place with 43 seats, according to the final results announced by Election Commission of Pakistan.
The PTI has already started reaching out to potential coalition partners and started preparations for government formation at the Centre though it is still short of the 137 seats needed for a simple majority in parliament.
“We have contacted small parties and independent members, and they will soon meet party leaders in Islamabad,” the PTI’s Chaudhry said, adding that the process is likely to take about 10 days.
The PTI is also bidding to form the government in Punjab where it won 123 seats in the provincial assembly while the PML-N topped with 129 seats. “We will definitely form our government in Punjab as we are in contact with 21 independent candidates,” Chaudhry told local media.
PTI leader Jehangir Tareen also made telephonic contact with the head of a faction of the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Naeem-ul-Haq said on Saturday that party chairman Imran Khan will take oath as the prime minister on August 14. Speaking to media outside Bani Gala, Naeem said that the mainstream parties took a positive decision in the All Parties Conference, agreeing to attend the oath-administering ceremony.
He further said that the Election Commission of Pakistan and President of Pakistan will summon an assembly session soon to administer oath to the elected representatives.
Naeem-ul-Haq said that the country is facing danger and its economy is in dire straits as well and unity is the need of hour. He said that in the centre and Punjab, the PTI will form a government, for which Imran Khan is working day and night.
Meanwhile, four newly elected independent MPAs in Punjab including Hussain Gardezi from Kabirwala, Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah, Basharat Randhawa from Layyah and Hanif Khan from DG Khan have joined the PTI.

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