PM Modi hopes Imran Khan’s Pakistan will work for peace

PM Modi hopes Imran Khan’s Pakistan will work for peace

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

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan expressed his resolve to celebrate this Independence Day with the utmost enthusiasm, as he stepped out of the Parliament after taking oath as member of National Assembly.

Modi had met the then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif several times and also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on his way back from an official trip to Russian Federation in December 2015. Prime minister Narendra Modi and India hoped for peace and development with its neighbour.

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Sidhu, who has more than three decade's association with Imran as a cricketer and commentator, said he got the invite in a personal capacity. Dawood served in the cabinet of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

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.

It is not clear if they will attend the ceremony scheduled to take place on 18 August in the President House.

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Khan brings charisma and global name recognition, but running the country will take considerable statecraft from his relatively inexperienced party.

The PML-N has a final tally of 82 seats after the addition of 18 reserved seats including 16 for women and two for non-Muslims and PPP has 53 with addition of 11 reserved seats, nine for women and two for non-Muslims.

The PTI, however, has the support of some small parties.

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PTI emerged victorious in the July 25 elections, the country's second-ever democratic transition of power, but fell short of an outright majority.

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