First session of Pakistan's 15th Parliament summoned on Monday

Setting conditions ECP allows Imran to take oath

Setting conditions ECP allows Imran to take oath

On Thursday, Babar Awan, the counsel for Imran Khan, contended that there were scores of people when Imran Khan arrived at the polling booth, following which the screens meant to keep the procedure secret were dispersed and so his client cast his vote publicly.

Imran Khan has received diplomats from various countries since he emerged victorious in the general elections.

"I am that Pakistani who believes that economy in South Asia could improve only after trade between India and Pakistan receives a boost", Khan had said, further adding that he would take "two steps" towards India, if the "first step comes from New Delhi". President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned a session of the National Assembly on August 13 during which newly-elected members will take oath of their office.

However, Babar Awan told the election commission that due to sudden inpour of people in the room the polling booth for vote secrecy fell down and suddenly the media started flashing its cameras and taking footages focusing the ballet paper.

He had sought an end to the case and requested the ECP to issue the notification for Khan's victory from NA-53 Islamabad constituency. Elections for the speaker, deputy speaker and the leader of the House will take place after the MNAs-elect take oath.

The ECP asked from Ayaz, Pervaiz Khattak and Fazlur Rehman to use appropriate language during addressing the gatherings in election campaign.

Imran Khan had defeated former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the NA-53 Islamabad seat by 48,577 votes. According to the election act, a person can be given a six-month jail sentence and/or fine of Rs 1,000 for not casting his/her vote in secrecy. The 65-year-old Cricketer turned politician had contested from five constituencies and won all of them.

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

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