President to convene National Assembly session on Aug. 13

President Mamnoon Hussain will convene the first session of the new National Assembly on Aug. 13. (AFP)
Updated 10 August 2018
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President to convene National Assembly session on Aug. 13

  • The newly elected assembly members will take their oath of office at the inaugural session, which will be followed by the election of the speaker, deputy speaker and leader of the House
  • Outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will administer the oath to the newly elected members

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain will convene the first session of the new National Assembly on Aug. 13, the assembly’s secretariat said on Friday.
The newly elected assembly members will take their oath of office at the inaugural session, which will be followed by the election of the speaker, deputy speaker and leader of the House. Outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will administer the oath to the newly elected members.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the July 25 general election, and claims to have mustered enough support for a two-thirds majority in the House, which is mandatory for any party to form a government. 
However, other mainstream political parties have joined forces in a bid to bag key positions in the Parliament.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan will be challenged for the premiership by opposition candidate Shahbaz Sharif, former chief minister of Punjab and brother of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Peoples Party leader Khurshid Shah will contest the position of speaker. The PTI is yet to nominate its candidates for the positions of speaker and deputy speaker.


Pakistan shuts down Chaman and Torkham gates

Updated 21 min 35 sec ago
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Pakistan shuts down Chaman and Torkham gates

  • Initiates move for two days on Afghanistan’s request
  • Follows killings of top Kandahar officials on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government on Friday said it had closed the gates along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for two days according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.
The decision – to shut down the crossings along the Chaman and Torkham border today and tomorrow – was taken at Kabul’s request to help it conduct its parliamentary elections seamlessly. “Both the crossing points will remain closed for all kinds of traffic, except emergency cases,” it added.
However, on Friday, the Afghan government said that it had decided to postpone the polls to maintain security in the Kandahar province, following the killings of two top officials in Kandahar city on Thursday in an attack initiated by a Taliban militant. The officials included Kandahar’s governor, its police and intelligence chief who had congregated to attend a security meeting with American officials and discuss security measures for the upcoming elections.
Afghanistan remains prone to extremist violence, though its security forces have been fighting against militant factions with international assistance for years. It has frequently blamed Pakistan for its security deficit, though Islamabad has also accused Kabul of providing a sanctuary to groups and individuals who have been targeting Pakistani state and society with impunity.