Imran Khan to move into ‘lowest category’ house in Ministers’ Enclave in Pakistan

Dawn has reported that the authorities concerned plan to declare a house in the Ministers’ Enclave as the official residence of the prime minister-in-waiting, Imran Khan.

Police officials said that shortly after Imran Khan’s victory in the recently-held general elections, the capital police and the district administration started extending VVIP protocol and security to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief.

Security was mounted around Mr Khan and at his Banigala residence, they said.

Joudat Ayaz, Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Inspector General of Police Islamabad Jan Mohammad along with a couple of other senior officers also visited Banigala recently and discussed security issues with PTI leader Naeemul Haq as well as the chief security officer of the residence.

The standard operating procedure (SOP) with regards to security and protocol of the prime minister was also brought into discussion. Imran Khan was also briefed about security and protocol.

In the meeting, it was ascertained that his residence could not be provided foolproof security as the area was open and vulnerable to threat.

Mr Khan then agreed not to use Banigala as his official residence, the officials said. He asked for a lowest category house in the Minister’s Enclave. The officials advised Khan against using flats as proper protocol could not be carried out. Khan agreed to a house.

A media report stated that Imran Khan said that he will take oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister on August 11.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday released the complete preliminary results in which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the largest political party in the country, winning 115 of 270 National Assembly seats.

According to a report in the Dawn, the PML-N, which completed its government’s tenure in May, has won 64 seats while the PPP is in the third place with 43. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi spoke to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, and congratulated him on his victory in the recent elections. He expressed hope that democracy would take deeper roots following the victory.

“I have also decided about chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which I will announce in the next 48 hours. Whatever I have decided in this regard is in the best interest of people,” Khan said while addressing PTI members of provincial assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He said alleviation of poverty from interior Sindh will be among top priorities of his government.

Earlier, Imran Khan, the Prime Minister elect of Pakistan during his first public address after the elections has said that he has envisioned a ‘Medina-like Islamic Welfare State which will be sympathetic towards the weaker sections of the society.Khan, who is the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, which has emerged as the single largest party of Pakistan, Khan shared his vision for the country and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.

“I want to share with you the kind of Pakistan I envision — the type of state that was established in Medina, where widows and the poor were taken care of,” he said.

“My inspiration comes from the last Prophet who set up an ideal welfare state in Medina. I want Pakistan to become like that. A humanistic, not an animalistic state,” he said in a speech made from Bani Gala in Islamabad and broadcast via video link.

“I pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all policies will be for the people and not for the elite,” he vowed. “I will live humbly. So far, we have seen that everyone who comes to power changes. That will not happen with me.”

He said he would not live in the official residence of the Prime Minister and the “lavish” house would be converted into a public space like an educational institution.

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