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Sidhu likely to attend Imran Khan's swearing

Waqar Younis speaks to Geo News in Lahore

Indian cricket Sunil Gavaskar has declined to attend Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony on August 18 as the prime minister, media reported.

Party sources said the cabinet list has not been finalised but there is general consensus that Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be the new foreign minister and Pervez Khattak as interior minister.

Geo News reported that President Mamnoon Hussain has chose to postpone his visit to Scotland in order to administer the oath to the next prime minister.Mamnoon was scheduled to visit Edinburgh from August 16 to August 19.

Sidhu, who has more than three decade's association with Imran as a cricketer and commentator, said he got the invite in a personal capacity.

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.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) now has 15 seats after the addition of three reserved seats, two for women and one for non- Muslim.

Rasul Bukhsh Rais, political analyst, said that alliance of the opposition parties is temporary and they will not be able to create any major trouble for the government as long as the PTI keeps working along with its coalition partners.

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

And the outgoing speaker will take oath from the newly elected speaker and hand the charge of the house over to him. Hence, a winning candidate will need support of 166 lawmakers instead of 172.

The deadline for the submission of the nomination papers for prime minister office is 2:00 pm on August 16 as the election of the PM will be held the next day (August 17). Reportedly, several leaders are in the running for the coveted seat, which is second only to the premier in importance.