President postpones Ireland visit for oath-taking ceremony

STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD
President Mamnoon Hussain has postponed his three-day visit to Ireland for administering the oath of Prime Minister to Imran Khan on August 17.
The president decided to postpone his visit scheduled on Aug 16.
Caretaker Information Minister, Ali Zafar called on the President Mamnoon and stressed that the presence of the president was necessary for government formation.
President Mamnoon has also directed Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra to perform their duties until the formation of new government.
President Mamnoon Hussain has also approved the summary moved by Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk to summon the session of the National Assembly (NA) on August 13.
Caretaker Minister for Information said it was also expected that sessions of all the provincial assemblies would also be called on the same date.
During the first session, the lawmakers-elect will take an oath administered by the former speaker of the National Assembly, Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq.
Afterward, the lawmakers will elect the Prime Minister by casting vote in favour of their preferred candidate.
Currently, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief, Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz President, Shehbaz Sharif are in the run for the top slot, however, the cricketer-turned-politician seems to be in a comfortable position to steer the country.
PTI’s spokesperson, Fawad Chaudhry had announced that the party had secured the support of 180 lawmakers, contending that the support of 172 legislators is necessary to form government at the federal level.
Following the election, the Prime Minister will take an oath of his office which will be administered by President Mamnoon Hussain, most probably at the President House.
PTI had earlier announced that it will not invite foreign dignitaries at the oath-taking ceremony.
According to the chief of staff of Imran Khan, Naeemul Haque, the Prime Minister will reside at the annexe of the Punjab House, instead of the palatial PM House, under the austerity drive.

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