ISLAMABAD: As the process of second democratic transition of power is underway, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has submitted nomination papers for the prime minister’s position.
The development came hours after the National Assembly elected PTI’s Asad Qaiser as speaker and Qasim Khan Suri as his deputy.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has nominated its president Shehbaz Sharif for the top slot.
The election for premiership will be held on August 17. The voting for leader of the house is held in open. The procedure dictates for galleries to designated with alphabets for the name of each candidate while those supporting a certain candidate are told to enter that particular gallery.
Once the lower house of the parliament elects prime minister, President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath on August 18.
Imran’s enduring love for cricket will be witnessed at his swearing-in ceremony: a galaxy of cricketing stars, including members of the Pakistani squad who won the 1992 world cup, will attend the PTI chief’s inauguration.
Former Pakistani cricketers — including Aaqib Javed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Moin Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad, Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Mudassar Nazar have also confirmed their availability for the ceremony.
Khan’s victory in the July 25 elections was widely celebrated by Pakistani cricketers.
Several former and current Pakistan cricket team members personally visited his residence at Bani Gala and congratulated him.
The party’s media cell also released pictures of Khan posing with his friends from the cricket world.