ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will formally nominate party chief Imran Khan as a candidate for the slot of next prime minister today (Monday).

A meeting of the parliamentary committee of the party will take place on Monday (today) at a local hotel in Islamabad, a party spokesperson said yesterday. All MNAs-elect of the party had been directed to be present at the meeting, he said.

According to party sources, the committee will formally announce Khan as the party’s nominee for prime minister’s slot. Khan will also take his party into confidence about the formation of governments in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the centre.

With 116 National Assembly seats, Khan with the support of smaller parties and independents is expected to be elected as the next prime minister of the country. According to party spokesman, the PTI was now in a clear position to form the government in the centre as PTI’s seat tally in the National Assembly currently stood at 125 after a few more independents joined the party. Allies and reserved seats will take the PTI tally to 174 seats in NA. After the support of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), the party will have 177 seats in the National Assembly, according to the party sources. The Imran-led PTI has emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats in the National Assembly in the July 25 polls.

On the other hand, the opposition parties’ alliance against the PTI had announced to field their own candidate for prime minister’s slot. The parties, including the PML-N, the PPP, the MMA and the ANP have decided to field their own consensus candidates for the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker’s slots in the National Assembly.

According to the PTI sources, Imran was likely to form a 15-20 member cabinet in the first stage of his government. The party has decided to induct the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan in the federal cabinet. On Friday, the PTI and the MQM-P signed a nine-point memorandum of understanding for formation of the government in the centre. The MQM-P is likely to be given one ministry in the federal cabinet. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has been nominated for the Punjab Assembly speaker’s slot. The Balochistan Awami Party is likely to be given a federal ministry for their support in the centre, whereas the PTI will support the BAP in getting its chief minister elected in Balochistan. The PTI is also expected to get a ministry in the Balochistan cabinet.