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

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

Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), has personally telephoned Sidhu to extend the invitation, according to the statement.

The assembly session began with the MNA-elects standing up for the national anthem and a recitation of the Holy Quran.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes Pakistan-often accused by neighbours India and Afghanistan of fomenting terrorism and supporting terrorist networks in the region-will work towards creating a secure, stable and prosperous neighbourhood.

The speaker then read out the procedure for the election of the new speaker and deputy speaker. He further claimed that his party has the support of 180 members in the National Assembly.

Outgoing NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the MNAs-elect in the 342-member house, in what is a part of only the second democratic transition in the country's history.

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Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said the entire squad that Khan captained to victory in the 1992 World Cup were invited to the ceremony, as well as Indian cricket greats Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu. While the reserved 10 seats for minorities and 60 seats for women are filled by proportional representation among parties.

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. "This invite is in personal capacity and I have forwarded it to the union government for perusal", said Sidhu while speaking with TOI.

The alliance is, though, not in a position to win any of the coveted seats in the House because of its low numerical strength.

The PTI leadership has been trying to build a coalition for the federal government since the July 25 polls as the party failed to win a simple majority to form the government.

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