Prime Minister Imran Khan? Not so fast, say the numbers

PTI continues to gain momentum

According to media reports, Khan had said he will take oath as the prime minister on August 11.

"We expect that Imran Khan will take the oath as a prime minister before August 14", PTI representative Naeem ul Haq told reporters Saturday.

Supporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party, celebrate near his residence in Bani Gala during the general election, in Islamabad, Pakistan July 25, 2018.

Along with another small party that has protested the election, they would have 125 seats, enough to theoretically prevent Khan from becoming prime minister.

Imran Khan emerged the victor in the elections which were held on July 25 in Pakistan.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, right, head of Pakistani religious parties alliance talks to Shahbaz Sharif, leader of Pakistan Muslim League and brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif during an All Parties Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Friday.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which emerged as the single largest party but short of simple majority in the National Assembly elections, was yet to seek formal support from smaller parties or Independents to form the next government.

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Pakistan's economy is teetering on the brink of a balance-of-payments crisis; sooner or later, and probably sooner, the new government will have to turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.

"We aspire to a regional order - independent nations that can defend their people and compete fairly in the global marketplace", Pompeo said during a speech on the Indo-Pacific region on July 30.

It said the views expressed by Khan during his speech about Pakistan's future ties with its neighbours and global powers were "sensible and aspirational".

United States' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that the U.S. would closely be watching whether the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bails out Pakistan - a key player in China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and right now in need of a bailout. "I have been his fan from his cricketing days and hope he will win our hearts with his politics too", he said gleefully and I could not help agreeing with him.

Moonis Elahi, a leader of another party, said that he had come to "an understanding" with Khan's party and that he was trying to convince other politicians to join as well.

Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department, said Washington agreed with the EU's observation that "positive changes to the legal framework for elections in Pakistan" were eclipsed by "restrictions on freedom of expression and unequal campaign opportunities".

With Khan as Pakistan's leader, one can only hope the bilateral sporting relations between the two countries will improve in the near future.

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