Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The newly elected MNAs took oath at the inaugural session of the 15th National Assembly held at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday.
The outgoing Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq administered oath to the newly elected members.
The leaders of mainstream political parties including PTI chairman Imran Khan, PPP's chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and co-chairman Asif Zardari, PML-N’s president Shehbaz Sharif, Akhtar Mengal of BNP-M were among the newly elected MNAs who took oath.
PPP's Bilawal, who has been elected to the National Assembly for the first time, shook hand with Imran as the MNA-elects took their seats.
Elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of National Assembly will be held on August 15.
According to schedule issued by National Assembly Secretariat, nomination papers for Speaker and Deputy Speaker could be submitted in the office of Secretary National Assembly till August 14.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Asad Qaiser while the joint opposition comprising eleven political parties, fielded Syed Khursheed Shah for the slot of Speaker.
PTI’s tally has reached 158 members in the National Assembly after notification on reserved seats by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has total 82 seats, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 53, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) 15, Mutahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) 7, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) 5, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) 5 and Balochistan National Party-M (BNP-M) four in the National Assembly.
Moreover, newly-elected members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly also took oath. Sardar Aurangzeb Malotha administered oath to the newly elected MPAs.
Meanwhile, the first sessions of the new Sindh and Balochistan assemblies have also been convened on Monday (today).