Islamabad, Aug 10: Amid speculations about Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s swearing-in dates, the Pakistani media ran a report quoting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed saying that the former would take oath on August 18. It was being speculated that Khan would take the oath prior to Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations on August 14. (Also read: Imran Khan Apologises to Pak EC in Poll Code Violation Case)Also Read - Sidhu Seeks Meet With Sonia Gandhi For His 13-Point Agenda to Resurrect Punjab Congress in 2022 Polls
However, Pakistani media on Friday quoted Javed as saying that the swearing-in will take place on August 18. In its report, Geo TV mentioned that Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has postponed his foreign tours for the time being to remain present in the country to administer the oath of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Shoaib Akhtar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev And Zaheer Abbas Chill Ahead of Ind-Pak Game, Pictures go Viral
The Pakistani media has been mentioning various dates for Khan’s swearing-in. Several media reports claimed that Khan’s PTI party had announced that he would take the oath before August 14. Pakistan went to polls on July 25 and the PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats after the Election Commission of Pakistan released the complete results for 270 of 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which won 64 seats came second, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) bagged 43 seats and finished third. Also Read - Shocking, Unscientific Methodology: Govt Reacts on India's Rank Slip in Global Hunger Index Report
The election was marred by tedious counting, violence and allegations of rigging by major political parties, including the PML-N and PPP. The opposition parties had rejected the results and demanded a transparent re-election. The PTI has claimed that it had enough numbers to form the government at the centre in coalition with other smaller parties. The party on Monday formally announced Khan as the new Pakistan Prime Ministerial candidate. Local media also said that from India, cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu had been invited for the oath-taking ceremony.