PTI to announce Imran Khan as PM candidate on August 6

  • PTI to announce Imran Khan as PM candidate on August 6

PTI to announce Imran Khan as PM candidate on August 6

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is yet to make an announcement on forming the next government despite claims that it has achieved the required numbers, prompting observers to suggest the party is still negotiating deals with smaller parties and independent MPs to form a coalition at the centre.

Apart from the Japanese ambassador, the British envoy and other foreign dignitaries have also visited the PTI chief in recent days.

The party of the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician emerged as the single largest side in the National Assembly in the July 25 general elections.

Talking to media persons, the former army chief said, "Imran Khan will feel strangulated just like the earlier prime ministers of their country went through". A party can only form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats in total. However, NAB officials revealed that Imran Khan misused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government's helicopters for 74 hours.

The PTI was successful in gaining a majority of 116 seats in the lower house.

On Thursday, however, the political parties aligned against PTI announced that they are fielding their own candidate for prime minister in Parliament.

A European Union election monitoring team in its initial assessment described the election campaign as an unequal playing field, describing a "systematic effort" to undermine Sharif's former ruling party, but said it was up to the people of Pakistan to decide on the vote's legitimacy. The MQM-P will be given portfolios of Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Ministry of Labour and Manpower.

The PTI is expected to get two ministries in the Balochistan cabinet.

On Friday, the PTI and MQM-P also signed a nine-point memorandum of understanding for the formation of a new government in the centre.