PTI claims securing support of 180 lawmakers to form government

  • With BNP (Mengal) support, PTI has crossed the figure needed to form govt in centre: Spox

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has claimed that it has reached the magical figure needed to form the government at the federal level.

According to the party spokesperson, Fawad Chaudhry, the Imran Khan-led party has crossed 180 seats after the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) announced its support.

Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that the PTI needed the support of 172 lawmakers in the house of 342 in a bid to establish its government.

PTI is all set to elect Imran Khan as the prime minister within the next few days after emerging victorious in the elections on July 25.

Although it fell short of the required numbers to elect the leader of the house, the party managed to rope in independently elected MNAs into its fold and also managed to secure the support of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q.

PTI had managed to win 116 seats in the National Assembly while MQM clinched 6 seats in the Lower House of the Parliament; the independent candidates emerged victorious in 13 constituencies.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Caretaker Information Minister Barrister Ali Zafar said the Session of National Assembly was likely to be convened from August 12 to 14.

Talking to media representatives in Islamabad, Barrister Ali Zafar said the summary has been sent to the president for convening the National Assembly Session.

The minister said newly elected members would take oath in the assembly session, adding the assembly would then elect the prime minister in the same session. He said under the constitution, it was compulsory to summon the National Assembly Session before August 15.