The first session of the 15th National Assembly is in progress in Islamabad, with 331 members of the lower house of parliament swearing an oath after their elections in national polls on 25 July.
Outgoing NA spokesman Ayaz Sadiq took the oath that MNAs vote in the 342-member House, which is only part of the second democratic transition in the country's history.
Prime Minister and in Pakistan Tehrek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and other prominent political leaders, including PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, are in the assembly present to swear the oath.
TV footage showed how the PTI boss shook hands and posed for a photo with Bilawal entering NA for his first term.
The session started with the MNAs elect standing up for the national anthem. There followed the recitation of the Holy Quran.
The speaker then reads out the procedure for the election of the new speaker and deputy speaker.
The MNAs elect stand up when Sadiq takes the oath of office. The MNAs were then asked to go to the lectern to sign the membership role. As the first in alphabetical order, PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari was the first to call to sign the role.
Upon completion of the swearing-in ceremony, the Speaker will cancel the NA session by August 15, when the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly will be elected. The nomination documents for these will be presented tomorrow.
Strict security measures were taken to prevent unpleasant events during the procedure and irrelevant persons were prevented from entering the house.
The meeting is also said to have voted in the provincial assembly of Baluchistan for the oaths of the MPAs, while members of the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies have taken their oath
The PTI has already nominated the former spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Asad Qaiser, for the post of NA spokesman, and he would meet Syed Khursheed Shah of the PPP, a joint candidate of the 11-party Alliance Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections
Similarly, PTI Chairman Imran Khan will fight PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif for the post of Prime Minister.
KP rally swears
A meeting also runs in the rally of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where 111 MPAs vowed in the 124-member house.
PML-N MPA Election Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha, who was appointed chairman by the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, took the oath to the new members of the provincial assembly.
Muttahida Majlis E-Amal, PPP and Awami National Party members wearing black ribbons in their arms made a symbolic strike during the oath – they took away the terrorist violence that preceded the July 25 election, in attack. They rejoined the assembly after the strike and were sworn separately.
Composition of the new NA
Following the publication by the Pakistan Electoral Commission (ECP) of the returns of returned candidates in the reserved seats for women and minorities on Saturday, the PTI has 158 members in the National Assembly. 19659023] MNAs champion national anthem.
The PTI has reached 158 members following the merger of nine independent members and the inclusion of 33 seats reserved for women and minorities.
Of the 60 women's places reserved, the PTI has ranked 28, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) with 16 seats, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) with nine seats, Muttahida Majlis-i Amal (MMA) with two seats and one seat each from Baluchistan Awami Party (BAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Muhammad Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) ,
Similarly, the PTI has won from the 10 reserved seats for minorities, followed by two each by PPP and PML-N and one by the MM A.
When the votes of the PTI and its allied parties are counted, the In addition, four independent MNAs elect are also ready to support the PTI and therefore the total number of members of the PTI and its allies totals 188. But the PTI is still not faced with a weak opposition as the strength of its archrival PML-N and its allies is also at 151.
The 82-seat PML-N is the largest party in the opposition group, followed by PPP (53 seats); MMA (15 seats) and ANP (one seat)
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