ISLAMABAD - President-elect Mamnoon Hussain will take oath as the 12th president of Pakistan here on Monday afternoon (today).

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would administer the oath. The oath-taking ceremony would be held at the President House at 05:00pm for which invitations were already issued. It is expected that the outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari, who ceased to hold office on Sunday midnight, would attend the ceremony.

The Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, diplomats, federal cabinet members and family members and family friends of President-elect Mamnoon Hussain would be attending the prestigious ceremony which would be historic in its nature because for the first time in the country’s history a democratically elected president would be handing over the charge to another democratically elected president on completion of his mandated five years term.

Sources in the government informed that around 60 invitation cards were issued to the President-elect to invite his family members, relatives and friends on his installation ceremony as president of Pakistan.

It is interesting to note that among the guests at oath-taking ceremony some four former prime ministers including Mir Zafarullah Jamali, Ch Shujaat Hussain, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf would likely be present.

It is pertinent to mention here that President-elect Mamnoon Hussain has shifted to Awan-I-Sadr some couple of days back and he was introduced to the staff at President House and apprised of the working pattern.