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Newly elected members of Pakistan parliament take oath

Islamabad, The newly-elected members of National Assembly of Pakistan, lower house of the parliament, took oath in the inaugural session of the 15th National Assembly on Monday.

Outgoing Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to 329 MNAs-elect, in what is a part of only the second democratic transition in the country's history.

Prime minister-in-waiting and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and other prominent political leaders, including PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari, were present in the assembly for the oath-taking.

Meanwhile, newly elected members of the National Assembly have expressed their resolve to work in bipartisan manner to address challenges facing the country and help resolve problems of the people.

Strict security measures were taken to avoid any untoward incident during the proceedings and irrelevant persons have been barred from entering the house.

Elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly will be held on August 15.

The PTI has already nominated former speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser for the office of NA speaker and he would face Syed Khursheed Shah of the PPP.

Similarly, PTI chairman Imran Khan will be contesting against PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif for the office of the prime minister on August 16.

President Mamnoon Hussain approved the NA's first session for August 13 on the request of caretaker prime minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk.

The first sessions of the new Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Balochistan assemblies have also being held on Monday in which the new members took oath. The Punjab Assembly session, on the other hand, is slated for August 15 after the Independence Day.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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