Sunil Gavaskar unable to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Sunil Gavaskar unable to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Sunil Gavaskar unable to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain has called a session of the new National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, starting August 13.

Bollywood diva Kangana was asked about whether things will improve for India and Pakistan now that Imran Khan is being sworn in as Pakistan's Prime Minister, to which the diva seemed quite hopeful.

After the oath of MNAs, the elections of the speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly will be held on August 15.

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

The 25 July Pakistan elections, which has seen cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerging as the single largest party with 116 seats, has however ignited hopes of a thaw in India-Pakistan ties.

The PTI's tally has reached 158 members after the joining of nine independents and bagging 33 seats reserved for women and minorities.

Sidhu has accepted the invitation and informed the Union Home Ministry and the office of the Punjab Chief Minister about his intention to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

PM-in-waiting Imran Khan, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Shireen Mazari, Asad Umer, Pervez Khattak, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Munazza Hassan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi among others are attending the first session of the revamped House.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed hope that Pakistan would work in the direction to make the country "terror and violence" free under the new government of Imran Khan. The combined strength of the major Opposition parties will be at least 150.

As far as provincial Assemblies are concerned, PTI is leading in Punjab with 179 seats in the house of 371 but it has not so far announced its chief ministerial candidate.

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