Imran Khan said on Monday that he will take oath as Prime Minister on August 11, as his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced that it has acquired enough seats in the lower house through coalition talks to form a majority government.

“I have also decided about Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which I will announce in the next 48 hours…” said Mr. Khan.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the PTI has won a two-thirds majority by bagging 65 seats in the assembly of 99 members.

PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said that after getting the backing of other political parties, as well as seats reserved for minorities and women, the party was in a position to “comfortably” form the central government. “We currently have the backing of 168 members including coalition parties and the reserved seats for minorities and women and we are in talks with more independent candidates, who will join us in the coming days,” he told journalists in Islamabad.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and regional groups based in Balochistan and Sindh are among those to join forces with the PTI, he said.

Meanwhile, three major political parties including the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday announced that they would form a grand Opposition in Parliament.

Talking to journalists after a meeting, former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the parties had agreed in principle to form a strong Opposition both inside and outside the Parliament.

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