ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will formally announce party chairman Imran Khan as a candidate for the next prime minister of Pakistan on Monday (today).

“A parliamentary meeting of the party will take place tomorrow at a private hotel in Islamabad,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday.

All MNAs-elect of the party have been directed to be present at the meeting, he added.

“Imran Khan will be formally announced as the party’s nominee for premier during the meeting,” Chaudhry said.

Chaudhry added that PTI’s tally in the lower house of parliament has soared to 125 following the inclusion of independent candidates.

“Allies and reserved seats will take the PTI tally to 174 seats in NA”, he said. Numbers of Balochistan National Party-Mengal, the party’s tally soars to 177 seats, he added.

PTI had emerged in the lead with 116 NA seats during the July 25 polls.

On Thursday, however, the political parties aligned against PTI announced that they are fielding their own candidate for prime minister in Parliament.

The parties, including the PML-N, PPP, MMA, and ANP, decided to field their own consensus candidates for the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker slots in the National Assembly.