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Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Notwithstanding, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf headed by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is set to form the government in centre, Punjab and KP province this week probably by Wednesday 15th August but maneuvering is still going on for potential backup necessary for a stable set-up.
The session of National Assembly has been called on Monday 13th August for the administration of oath by newly elected members and to elect speaker and deputy speaker.
After this process the session would be adjourned and the second dayTuesday is national holiday for Independence Day. The earliest possible working day is Wednesday and hopefully, Imran Khan would be elected prime minister and he shall form the government. PTI enjoyed another success on Thursday when GDA in Sindh announced its support to efforts for government formation in centre.
But at the same time, the opposition political parties who were deprived of public support in 11th general election announced that though they don’t want NRO (National Reconciliation Order) but would definitely demand probe into the alleged rigging in polling. Shahbaz Sharif President Pakistan Muslim League(N) Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said Parliamentary Commission would be established to investigate alleged rigging in general election held on July 25.
“Our first demand in the National Assembly should be the investigation into the rigging of elections,” he said speaking to media after meeting Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz in Adiala Jail. He claimed a lot of PML-N workers were jailed prior to the elections and court decisions came against the party candidates contesting the general election. He said the PML-N had the right to raise voice against the alleged rigging in the election. “We will protest inside and outside the Parliament.” Shehbaz Sharif said the stoppage of Result Transmission System (RTS) should be investigated.
He asked why the RTS was stopped, polling agents of the parties were allegedly kept out of polling stations and pace of voting was slowed down. He claimed Pakistan Muslim League(N) was still the largest party in Punjab. He said it was right of Nawaz Sharif to defend himself in cases filed against him. The health of Nawaz Sharif was getting better and doctors were checking him regularly, he added. The PML-N President said political parties protested against the rigging in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The PML-N had rejected the election results and it was its right to demand inquiry into the election results, he claimed. Mehmood Khan -next CM KP Islamabad, Aug 08(Online): Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has finally nominated former provincial minister Mehmood Khan new Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to media report, Mehmood Khan was elected from the constituency PK- 9 Swat district. He had served as the sports and irrigation minister in the last PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Ex CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khan Khattak is supposedly backing Mehmood Khan for the top slot. Atif Khan who was also strong contender for the position in the province could not made way to Chief Minister’s house. The much-awaited announcement came on Wednesday to surface, when Prime Minister in waiting, Imran Khan said that he would consider a young politician for the position of Chief Minister in Punjab. On the other hand MNA elect from PTI, Faisal Wada also hinted that the CM Punjab would be a young and foreign qualified man. Protest against ECP Pakistan’sjoint political opposition, comprising all major political parties that lost to Imran Khan’s PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) during last month’s general elections, staged a strong but peaceful protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and cried foul over the final poll results on Wednesday. “This protests against the historic rigged election of the country. This is the stolen mandate of Pakistan which has been given to Mr.[Imran] Khan. There are questions that have been raised against the transparency of the election as well as the demands of all political parties, part of the alliance for free and fair elections,” said Maryam Aurangzeb, spokesperson of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N),
listing the opposition’s concerns to Arab News. Led by senator Raja Zafar ul Haq, chairman of PML-N — the party that secured second highest number of seats at national level including Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab — the protest included top politicians, supporters,and workers from the Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, PakhtunkhwaMilliAwamiParty,and AwamiNational Party (ANP).
Some of the political notables present were former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, ex-PremierYousafRazaGillani, ex-information minister Sherry Rehman, Aitizaz Ahsan, Chaudhry Tanzir, Fazlur Rehman, Mian Aslam, Naveed Qamar, Abid Sher Ali, Farhatullah Babar, Qamar Zaman Qaira, Javed Hashmi, Chaudhry Tanvir, Mehmood Khan Achakzai and,last but notleast,Mian Iftikhar.
Shehbaz Sharif, former chief minister of Punjab and brother of imprisoned ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, however,was unable to participate in the demonstration said PML-N members. The politicians raised slogans against Imran Khan, his party, the military establishment accused of allegedly aiding the cricket-legendturned-politician’s victory, and the ECPdemanding the resignations of itssenior officials.