MQM-P Denies Talks on Forming Government After Meeting with PML-N

Sun Feb 11 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Following a crucial meeting between the leadership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), MQM-P Convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has refuted claims of discussions regarding the formation of the next government.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, Siddiqui dismissed reports suggesting negotiations between MQM-P and PML-N, emphasizing the need for political stability in the country amidst the post-election landscape.

The February 8 polls saw Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed independent candidates emerge as the largest group with 93 National Assembly seats, followed by PML-N with 78 and PPP with 54.

Siddiqui clarified that the discussions with the PML-N delegation did not broach the subject of government formation, stressing the importance of all parties playing a role in navigating the nation through the current crisis.

While MQM-P’s role in the future government remains uncertain, Siddiqui emphasized the significance of democracy’s stability and expressed that no concrete discussions have been held regarding the MQM’s involvement in the government.

PML-N Announces Agreement with MQM-P for Forming Govt

The statements from MQM-P come in contrast to earlier claims by PML-N Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, who announced a “principle agreement” between the two parties for cooperation in the upcoming government. However, Siddiqui’s remarks underscore a divergence in narratives regarding the nature and extent of discussions between the two parties.

After Pakistan’s landmark general election 2024, political parties are considering various options to shape the composition of the next government. With results from nearly all constituencies of the National Assembly now in, independent candidates supported by PTI have emerged as frontrunners, securing 93 seats. Trailing behind are the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 78 seats and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 54 seats.

Meanwhile, attention is focused on the ongoing deliberations between PML-N and PPP leadership, as well as talks with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

The general elections 2024 marked a historic turnout, with voters across the country participating in electing representatives for national and provincial assemblies. Despite the suspension of mobile phone and internet services, over 1.4 million polling staff ensured the smooth functioning of 90,675 polling stations.


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