Sharif’s party strengthens parliament position

Islamabad, May 28 (IANS) Pakistan Muslim League (PNL-N) party of Nawaz Sharif Tuesday strengthened its position in parliament as it secured 35 Reserved Women and Non-Muslim seats raising its strength in the National Assembly to 186.

The National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament has a total of 342 seats, Xinhua reported.

The Election Commission of Pakistan issued notification for allocation of Reserved Women and Non-Muslim seats to political parties according to their strength in the National Assembly, completing the second major process of the election process. The general elections were held May 11.

The outgoing Pakistan People Party was allotted 7 seats which is now the second largest party and is in a strong position to play the role of opposition.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf or Justice Movement of former cricketer Imran Khan secured six special seats while the Mutahida Qaumi Movement got four and Jamiat ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) bagged three special seats.

The newly-elected National Assembly will meet in Islamabad Saturday. The speaker of the outgoing National Assembly Fehmida Mirza will administer oath to the new members.

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