Pak’s newly-elected Parliament begins; Imran among 329 members take oath

Pak’s newly-elected Parliament begins; Imran among 329 members take oath
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Islamabad: The maiden session of Pakistan’s 15th Parliament began today with the outgoing Speaker administering the oath to 329 newly-elected members including Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, setting the stage for the cricketer-turned-politician to form the country’s third consecutive democratic government.

Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the previous National Assembly, presided over the 15th Parliament’s session and administered oath to the new leaders in the 342-member National Assembly. The new members signed their presence in a register.

President Mamnoon Hussain had summoned the maiden session of the 15th National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, at 10 AM in parliament house today, 19 days after Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party emerged as the single largest in the general elections.

PTI chairman Khan and other prominent leaders including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari also took oath.

The PTI chief shook hands and posed for a photo with Bilawal, who is entering the National Assembly for his maiden term, Dawn reported.

The Speaker announced that elections of the new Speaker and his deputy will be held on August 15.

The PTI has nominated Asad Qaisar for Speaker, while opposition has named Syed Khurshid Shah of the PPP as the joint opposition candidate for the post.

Earlier, the maiden session started with the National Anthem, followed by recitation from the Holy Quran.

Khan looked prominent as he sat in the front row of the parliament house close to the chair of the leader of the house, which he is eventually expected to take after formal election as Prime Minister. PTI