Islamabad, August 10 (Dawn/AFP): The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will be sworn in as prime minister on August 18, his party said Friday, announcing it has the numbers to form a coalition government in the Center. Earlier ,it was to have been held on August 11.
The entire squad that Khan captained to victory in the 1992 World Cup was invited to the ceremony, as well as Indian cricket greats Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
PTI emerged victorious in the July 25 elections, the country’s second-ever democratic transition of power, but fell short of an outright majority.
The party confirmed Friday that it has secured the numbers for a majority in the lower house of parliament.
“In a historic moment, Imran Khan will take the oath (as prime minister) on August 18,” Faisal Javed Khan, a PTI senator and Khan’s close aide, said in televised comments in Islamabad.
Indian Cricketers and 1992 Pak World Cup Squad Invited
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Central Additional Information Secretary Faisal Javed Khan said on Friday that Indian cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Sidhu have been invited to prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s impending oath-taking ceremony.
The 1992 World Cup-winning cricket team has also been invited to witness their captain take oath, Javed told DawnNewsTV.
According to Javed, the oath-taking will take place on August 18. However, no official notification confirming the development has been issued as yet.
A similar announcement regarding inviting Indian cricketers and celebrities to the ceremony had earlier been made by PTI Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry. However, it was later said that Khan had opted for an austere ceremony and decided against inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities to the planned oath-taking.