Infostani International: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has unveiled strategic alliances with Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), signaling pivotal shifts in government formation across Pakistan’s provinces.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Announces Government Formation and Coalition Partnerships
On Tuesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced the formation of governments in the Centre and Punjab, as well as a coalition with Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
PTI-backed candidates currently hold over 90 seats in the National Assembly, followed by PML-N with 75 and PPP with 54, out of a total of 266 seats. Including the 70 reserved seats, the total number of seats is 336.
For a simple majority, a party needs at least 169 seats in the National Assembly. After joining MWM, PTI-backed candidates can obtain reserved seats proportional to their total number of seats in the NA, potentially more than 20 seats.
To reserve seats after joining MWM, PTI-backed candidates must submit affidavits to the ECP stating their affiliation. The head of MWM must then confirm acceptance of these candidates in writing to the ECP.
Jamaat-e-Islami’s Response to PTI’s Government Formation Announcement
The announcement came shortly after JI Deputy Amir Liaquat Baloch confirmed contact with PTI regarding government formation. Baloch had a telephone conversation with PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Senator Azam Swati. JI consented to unified action.
Sources claim leaders of both parties will meet in Islamabad to discuss further details and options for government formation or opposition role. “We are in touch with PTI leaders; if PTI needs JI support, we will welcome them,” said Baloch. JI will discuss PTI’s overture and respond accordingly.
Baloch stated they were willing to provide a platform for PTI’s independent candidates if needed. Responding to whether JI was willing to sit with MWM, Baloch said they were “absolutely ready” and have good political relations with MWM.