Pakistan: Political Maneuvering Continues as PDM Parties Vie for Coalition Govt

Mon Feb 12 2024
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ISLAMABAD: In view of Pakistan’s post-election political landscape, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a political alliance of different political parties, is witnessing a flurry of negotiations and strategic alliances as key players position themselves for a share of power in Islamabad.

Over the weekend, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) engaged in crucial talks aimed at charting a path forward for their respective parties. Led by Shehbaz Sharif, a PML-N delegation met with PPP leaders Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto. Leaders of both the parties discussed the country’s overall situation and the potential for political cooperation.

Meanwhile, consultations are underway between the PML-N, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to form a coalition government. The PPP’s Central Executive Committee is meeting today to assess the evolving political landscape. Meanwhile, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to meet with PML-Q head Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in Islamabad.

Political Maneuvering in Pakistan Following General Election

The PML-N reportedly extended offers to the PPP, proposing key positions such as the presidency, National Assembly speakership, and Senate chairmanship, along with important ministries in both the federal and Punjab governments. However, the PPP, with 54 seats in the National Assembly, maintains a strong stance, indicating a preference for retaining the prime ministership.

In a display of political maneuvering, the PPP offered reciprocal support to the PML-N for the Senate chairmanship and National Assembly speakership if they back the PPP’s bid for the presidency and prime ministership.

Meanwhile, the PTI, which backed several independent candidates in the general elections, faces a critical juncture in determining its next steps in the race for the prime minister’s office.

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