Khan’s Tahreek-e-Insaf party won the most parliament seats in last month’s general elections — 115 — but fell short of a majority in the 342-seat assembly, requiring it to form a coalition. Many lawmakers who won as independents in the July 25 vote have joined his coalition.
Tahreek-e-Insaf leader Arif Alvi, a lawmaker elected from Karachi, said Khan was formally nominated at a party meeting in Islamabad on Monday. He was unanimously endorsed, said Shah Mahmood Qureshi, a former foreign minister and party deputy leader.
But Khan is likely to face tough opposition from the Pakistan Muslim League of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other parties, which allege vote-rigging in last month’s elections. Sharif is currently appealing a 10-year prison sentence for corruption. The party is led by his brother, Shabaz Sharif, who was also nominated for prime minister on Monday.