Lahore: The cricketer turned Politician Imran Khan may swear as Pakistan’s PM on the country’s Independence Day on August 14 a media reported, PTI reported.
Mr Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party has emerged out as the single largest party in the recently held elections on July 25 elections.
His party won 116 National Assembly seats out of the contested 270 parliamentary constituencies. Earlier the next PM had expressed his desire to take the oath of Pakistan’s PM on August 11.
“It is my and caretaker prime minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk’s desire that the oath-taking of the new prime minister should take place on August 14,” caretaker Law Minister Ali Zafar told Dawn on Friday.
The minister said all the necessary arrangements have been made on the desired date and a fresh assembly could be called on August on 11 or 12.
“If it is held on August 11, the election of the prime minister can take place on August 14 and on the same day President Mamnoon Hussain can administer the oath to the new prime minister,” he added.
The printing of ballot papers for the elections of the NA speaker and deputy speaker could take place on August 13 while the PM’s election can be held on August 14 but if the National Assembly session was called on August 12 then the election for PM will be held on August 15, he explained.
“We wanted that the new prime minister should take his oath on Independence Day so that the new government can start its functioning with full national fervour and commitment to bring progress to the country,” he said.
Now as per the Constitution, the first session of the National Assembly would have to be summoned within 21 days after the general election which is a necessary obligation to be fulfilled by August 15 he explained.
As soon as the new PM sworn oath as a PM of the country, the job of the caretaker Prime Minister and his cabinet would be over and the powers will be transferred to the new government under constitutional provisions.