February, 22, 2024
Post-Election Government Formation Talks

Post-Election Government Formation Talks

Infostani International: Amidst ongoing vote counting, leaders from major political parties are engaged in late-night discussions to form governments at the national and provincial levels. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has tasked his brother Shehbaz Sharif with reaching out to parties like PPP and MQM-P, signaling potential alliances in the post-election landscape.

  • Political parties discuss forming governments amid ongoing vote counting.
  • Nawaz Sharif tasks Shehbaz Sharif to explore alliances with the PPP and MQM-P.

Political Parties in Talks for Post-Election Alliances and Coalition Building

Even before the completion of vote counting for national and provincial assembly contests, leaders from several major political parties held late-night meetings on Friday, ostensibly aiming to secure enough support to form governments in the Centre and the four provinces.

On Friday evening, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif announced in a speech that he had assigned his brother, former PM Shehbaz Sharif, to reach out to major parties such as PPP, MQM-P, and others to ally.

In line with this, Shehbaz met with PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and his son, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, at the residence of Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi.

“A brief discussion took place, apparently ending on a positive note,” stated a PPP source, indicating discussions on poll results and the post-election situation.

Post-Election Government Formation Talks

MQM-P’s Post-Election Strategy and Invitations to Independent Candidates

Shehbaz also spoke to MQM-P Convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui later, as confirmed by senior leader Aminul Haque, who mentioned that the meeting would happen “very soon” after the MQM-P celebration of victory at Jinnah Ground in Azizabad on Saturday.

Before the general elections, MQM-P had announced support for Nawaz Sharif as the prime ministerial candidate, but the party is reconsidering given PML-N’s performance.

Separately, MQM-P convener Dr. Siddiqui invited all independent candidates who won the elections to join his party, emphasizing an open-door policy.

Potential Alliance Discussions Between PTI and MWM

The Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), known for its ties with PTI, is also reportedly in the mix. Sources suggest PTI-backed independents might merge with MWM to maintain discipline among its cadre and secure reserved seats for women and minorities.

Discussions have been ongoing within PTI, with various options being considered regarding merging with MWM or other parties, or remaining independent.

However, MWM Political Affairs Secretary Asad Naqvi denied ongoing negotiations with PTI leadership regarding this matter.