Following the victory of a large number of independent candidates affiliated to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the 2024 general elections, the former ruling party has called a meeting to discuss alliances with other political parties.
PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan, Asad Qaiser, Ali Muhammad Khan and others will attend the meeting to discuss the formation of new central and provincial governments, PTI said.
The PTI on Friday said it was capable of forming a government in the middle and ruled out an alliance with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
“We are not in touch with PPP or PML-N,” said lawyer Gohar.
He claimed that PTI is getting 150 seats in the National Assembly and will be able to get the required number of seats to form the government at the centre.
“We are not planning to form a coalition government with PPP and PML-N,” said lawyer Gohar Ali Khan. “We will form the government at the center and Punjab,” he added.
He said PTI has a clear lead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and will form the government there as well. “PTI will remain in Parliament and will play its role.”
He said that independent candidates belong to PTI and asserted that they will not join any party against party directives for fear of graft.
On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) agreed to form a coalition government in the center and Punjab after PML-N Chairman Shehbaz Sharif met PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and former President Asif Ali Zardari and invited them to work together for Pakistan.
PML-N, PPP agree to form government in Centre, Punjab
Shehbaz met top PPP leaders at the residence of caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi. Party sources said Shehbaz discussed the future government composition with Zardari and also conveyed a message from PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.
Shehbaz asked both the PPP leaders to sit with the PML-N leadership for political and economic stability in Pakistan.
Sources claimed that Zardari and Shehbaz have agreed to form the government in Punjab and at the center and both sides will present their views in the next meeting and finalize all matters related to the power-sharing formula, who will hold which office and where with mutual consultation. The meeting lasted 45 minutes.