Pakistan Parliament’s first session begins in Islamabad

Imran Khan and Bilawal Bhutto arrive

The first session of Pakistan’s newly elected parliament started today in Islamabad, in which 331 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath after their election in the July 25 countrywide polls.

The Speaker of the previous National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq is presiding over the session. He will administer oath to the new members. 19 days after Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party emerged as the single largest in the general elections, President Mamnoon Hussain had summoned the maiden session of the National Assembly at 10 AM today.

The new speaker, once elected, will be given the oath from the outgoing speaker and handed over the new house. To avoid any further problems, strict security measures have been taken.

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.

“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.

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