Pakistani lawmakers to elect next PM on August 18

The acting US Ambassador to Pakistan John Hoover in conversation with prime-minister-to-be Imran Khan at his Banigala residence

The acting US Ambassador to Pakistan John Hoover in conversation with prime-minister-to-be Imran Khan at his Banigala residence

The PTI's parliamentary committee on Monday officially named party chairman Khan as their parliamentary leader and nominee for the next prime minister of Pakistan.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was also present at the meeting.

Imran today met Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria who presented the bat to the former Pakistan cricketer and World Cup victor.

After the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan, his host "expressed his grave concerns on the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir".

"India is confident that relations with Pakistan will take a turn for the positive".

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Khan who was to take oath on 11 August, is now expected to take up the office of prime minister on 18 August, according to Pakistani media reports quoting PTI senator Faisal Javed.

"(My party) wants to build a relationship with United States based on trust and mutual respect and hence our government will engage with U.S.to make this relationship more balanced and trustworthy", Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said in a statement late on Wednesday, attributing comments to Khan. This news regarding the meeting of Imran Khan with India's high commissioner is going to show how our government won't shy away from engaging with Khan despite the speculations that he might end up toeing Pakistan army's line on to India.

Mr Khan said: "I am glad that people in the USA have ultimately started acknowledging significance of political solution as conflict and use of force can add to the damages instead of breeding a sustainable solution to the crisis".

Yesterday, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, "Imran Khan will be elected prime minister of the country "within the first round" of vote in the parliament".

Pakistan went to polls on July 25 and the PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats after the Election Commission of Pakistan released the complete results for 270 of 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies. The most significant aspect of the conversation was Modi's unambiguous willingness to improve his country's ties with Pakistan.

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