ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, while addressing the National Assembly after being elected as the prime minister on Friday, vowed that he would not spare the ones who looted the country.

“I am grateful to Almighty Allah and the nation for giving me the opportunity to bring a change which the nation wanted. The nation was longing for the change we will bring,” Khan said.

The prime minister-elect promised “strict accountability” and to bring back the looted wealth of the country.

“I promise my nation that I will do strict accountability. No robber would be given an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance),” he said, adding, “I have reached here after struggling for 22 years and have not been fostered by any military dictator.”

Khan further said that he would answer the questions in the National Assembly twice a week.

Lashing out at the opponents who protested in the House prior to his address, he said, “I ask the parliamentarians who are shouting here, why they didn’t support re-counting in the four constituencies [PTI demanded after 2013 polls].

“We had to go to the Supreme Court. Had they supported us there would have been confidence over the electoral process across the board,” the PM-elect said.

“We won’t stop anyone from going to the Election Commission of Pakistan or Supreme Court as we know that we didn’t rig the polls.”

Imran, whose party swept the July 25 general election and commanded the loyalty of a majority of lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, will take oath of the office on Saturday.

176 members of the National Assembly voted in favour of the PTI chairperson while his opponent, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, received 96 votes.

Imran Khan and his party campaigned on promises to end widespread graft while building an “Islamic welfare state”.

The party has already formed a government in its stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and an alliance with regional parties in the southwestern province of Balochistan. It is expected to form a coalition government in Punjab province, formerly a PML-N stronghold, in coming days. Sindh province remains in the hands of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

PTI candidates were also voted speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly this week, putting Khan in a strong position to carry forward his legislative agenda.

He will face myriad challenges including militancy, water shortages, and a booming population negating growth in the developing country, among others. Most pressing will be a looming economic crisis, with speculation that Pakistan will have to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

If the opposition wants to protest against alleged rigging in the elections then I will personally arrange a container for them, the only condition being that the opposition sits in protest for a month at least, I sat in protest for 4 months.

We will provide food and water to the opposition on D-Chowk, no one will stop them from exercising their democratic right.

I want to emphasize a point, there will be no NRO this time.

The loud and historic parliamentary address of the PM elect ended abruptly due to a Namaz break.

Loud chants and sloganeering continued for hours upon hours, giving an impression of a fish market.

Shehbaz Sharif makes a mammoth speech

Expected opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif who also lost the Prime Ministerial candidacy to Khan earlier in the evening, took centre stage after Imran Khan and decried monumental rigging in the election.

He said that he rejects process of rigging and has surmountable reservation with regards to the elections.

“I reject the ECP, they completely failed in holding free and fair elections in the country,” Shehbaz declared.

There are more questions than answers with regards to the electoral process and the previous elections.

Shehbaz Sharif made a list of points and then orated his reservations out loud to huge cheers from the opposition benches.

“The 2018 election will be remembered as the worst elections ever held in history of Pakistan, we want a parliamentary commission to conduct an inquiry of the questionable elections and we want an independent audit of the elections from a foreign body so that this deplorable situation is not repeated in the future.”

“We demand the parliamentary commission to compile a report  within 30 days.”

“If our demands are not met then the opposition benches will take to the roads, we are advising you Mr. speaker to take due course of action otherwise you will be to blame for the consequences that follow.”

“Khan Sahab, you should bear in mind that you made PML-N sign a decree and asked the former Prime Minister to resign if rigging was proven in the previous elections.”

“I demand the same from you, I want you to resign if rigging proven.”

“We are here under protest, we are here for sustenance of the democratic process only.”

Bilawal Zardari addresses Parliament for the first time

I am saddened with the activities of today in the parliament, this is my maiden address to the parliament and I expect that you, Mr. speaker will maintain peace in the parliament and not get out of control like it did today.

“We pray that Mr.speaker you will maintain and uphold by-partisanship and maintain the sanctity of the house.”

The PPP chairman addressed the House after Imran Khan was elected 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.

Bilawal Bhutto paid tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives in the attacks during the time of General Election 2018.

He said that an investigation should be carried out of the attacks in Peshawar, Mastung and Quetta, which caused heavy damage in terms of human lives.

He said that an investigation should be carried out of the attacks in Peshawar, Mastung and Quetta, which caused heavy damage in terms of human lives.

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