Shehbaz Meets Zardari; Nawaz Hints Coalition Govt
On February 8, Pakistan conducted its highly anticipated elections, with Imran Khan incarcerated. However, candidates from his party, PTI, lead in the polls, surpassing the two major parties, both now contemplating the formation of a coalition government.
As discussions unfold to establish a coalition government, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif paid a visit to Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Asif Zardari shortly after Nawaz Sharif expressed intentions to form a coalition government with allies.
Media reports indicate that the former prime minister and prominent PPP leader convened at the residence of caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi. The meeting included PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto and PML-N senior leader Ishaq Dar, according to sources.
On Friday, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif asserted that his party had emerged as the “single-largest party” in the 2024 general elections. He extended an invitation to all victorious candidates and political parties to collaborate and establish a coalition government, aiming to steer Pakistan out of its current crises.
Despite PML-N trailing behind PTI-backed candidates, Nawaz Sharif delivered what is regarded as a victory speech. He assigned his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar the task of engaging with the leadership of PPP, MQM, and other political parties to find common ground.
“We have to sit together for the betterment of Pakistan,” emphasized Nawaz Sharif, highlighting the need for collaboration among politicians, the parliament, and the armed forces to contribute to the country’s prosperity.
According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, PML-N has secured 63 National Assembly seats. Independent candidates lead with 91 seats, while PPP occupies the third spot with 48 seats. Nawaz Sharif also claimed a majority for his party in Punjab, expressing the commitment to serve in both the Center and Punjab.
Recognizing the critical juncture for Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif emphasized the urgency of collective action to address the challenges the country faces. Meanwhile, PTI has categorically ruled out forming a coalition government with PML-N and PPP. The political landscape in Pakistan remains dynamic, with negotiations, alliances, and discussions shaping the trajectory of the post-election scenario.