Infostani International: PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif stated his party’s willingness to join the opposition if independent candidates form a government post-February 8 polls. He emphasized the PML-N’s leading position and urged collaboration to address Pakistan’s challenges. Shehbaz also discussed the potential for a new IMF deal and expressed confidence in Nawaz Sharif’s return as prime minister.
Shehbaz Sharif Affirms PML-N’s Opposition Role and Nawaz Sharif’s Potential Premiership
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif declared on Tuesday that his party would willingly assume seats in the opposition if independent candidates managed to establish a government. His statement follows PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan’s firm stance against engaging with either the PML-N or PPP for a potential alliance after PTI-backed candidates secured victory in the February 8 polls.
Shehbaz emphasized that the PML-N emerged as the “preeminent political party” after the February 8 polls. Despite independent candidates amassing more votes, he asserted, “If you count independent candidates, then obviously their number is greater. You cannot dispute the facts. But in political parties, the PML-N is number one, followed by the PPP and so on.”
He expressed readiness to assume the role of the opposition if independent candidates, whether PTI-sponsored or not, could demonstrate a majority. However, if they failed to do so, Shehbaz affirmed the right of other political parties to form a government, deeming it the “legal and democratic way” forward.
Shehbaz Sharif’s Positions on Key Political Issues
Shehbaz urged all political factions to set aside differences and collaborate to address Pakistan’s challenges. Regarding rigging allegations, he queried, “In which elections have there not been rigging allegations?”
Addressing the possibility of a new deal with the IMF, he stressed the inevitability of pursuing another IMF package given the current state of the economy, irrespective of the coalition or arrangement in place.
Shehbaz Sharif’s Stance on Nawaz Sharif’s Potential Return as Prime Minister and Induction of “Turncoats” into PML-N
Responding to queries about Nawaz Sharif’s potential return as prime minister, Shehbaz expressed confidence, stating, “I still stand by my words that Nawaz Sharif will become prime minister for the fourth time.”
Regarding the induction of “turncoats” into the PML-N, Shehbaz defended the decision, citing Nawaz Sharif’s stance on granting PTI-backed independents their constitutional right to form a government if desired. He questioned, “But if people want to join the PML-N out of their own will, what is the problem in that?”