Russian envoy calls on Imran Khan

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

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that his party wants to build relationship with the United States based on trust and mutual respect.

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria gifted a cricket bat to Imran Khan with autographs of the entire Indian cricket team.

"Imran Khan to take oath as Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the 18th Aug 2018 inshALLAH (if God wills)", Javed tweeted. But the Pak election commission has only granted him temporary permission to take oath as a Member of the National Assembly, pending the outcome of the case of violation of electoral code of conduct.

However, no official notification confirming the swearing-in ceremony on August 18 has been issued as yet.

Khan's party emerged the single-largest in national elections held on July 25, winning 115 seats, and will form the government with the support of allies and independent candidates.

Mr. Bisaria said that the recent telephonic conversation between Modi with Imran Khan has raised hopes that India's relations with Pakistan will move forward in a positive direction.

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Geo News quoting sources said that President Mamnoon Hussain has chose to postpone his visit to Scotland in order to administer oath to the next prime minister.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned Mr Khan and invited him for a formal visit to his country - an offer which the PTI chief gladly accepted.

"The president will now embark on his trip after the oath-taking ceremony", the report said.

Mr Khan had contested from five constituencies and had won from all of them.

Mr Khan said: "I am glad that people in the U.S. 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".

The PTI's strength in the National Assembly or Lower House with 272 directly elected members has gone down from 116 to 112 and the tally of its ally, the Balochistan Awami Party, has gone from four to three.

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