PMLN offers PPP slots of president, National Assembly speaker, and Senate chairman
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12, 2024 : Insider sources reveal that the PML-N and PPP have conducted discussions on the potential for power-sharing arrangements, particularly considering the possibilities of a half-term prime ministership for both parties.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, engaging in talks with PPP, reached out to JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman to garner his support in the formation of the federal government. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has promised to respond to the PML-N’s request by Wednesday. Meetings with other key players, including MQM in Lahore and PML-Q led by Shujaat Hussain in Islamabad, are also underway.
This flurry of political activities coincides with independent candidates backed by PTI leading in the National Assembly polls with at least 93 seats. PML-N and PPP hold 75 and 54 seats respectively.
Formal contact was established on Sunday when a delegation led by Shehbaz Sharif met Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari at Bilawal House in Lahore. The joint declaration termed the meeting ‘constructive,’ focusing on assessing Pakistan’s overall situation, future political strategies, and exchanging recommendations for stability and progress.
Insiders revealed that PML-N is keen on securing the prime ministerial slot while offering PPP the positions of president, National Assembly speaker, and Senate chairman. The PPP leaders will consult the central executive committee during their scheduled meeting in Islamabad today.
The joint declaration emphasized a cordial environment during the meeting, highlighting a commitment to putting the nation’s interests above everything. Both parties expressed a dedication to sustained political cooperation, aiming for a united approach to address the nation’s challenges.
The PML-N delegation included Azam Nazeer Tarar, Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Tanveer, Saad Rafique, Malik Ahmad Khan, Marrriyum Aurangzeb, and Shaza Fatima. Meanwhile, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met US Ambassador Donald Blome in Islamabad to discuss the federal government’s formation and the Feb 8 election process.
Amidst these developments, a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujat, initially scheduled in Lahore, was postponed to Monday in Islamabad. The MQM delegation, holding 17 NA seats, also assured cooperation in steering the country out of crisis during their meeting with PML-N leadership in Lahore.