In a strategic move to establish a fresh coalition for federal governance, the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are exploring the possibility of alternating the prime ministership between the two parties. Geo News reported on Monday that discussions include three and two-year terms for each party at the helm.
Balochistan’s Precedent: Power-Sharing Formula Echoes PML-N and NP Collaboration in 2013
Drawing inspiration from the past, the proposed power-sharing arrangement between PML-N and PPP mirrors the model adopted by PML-N and the National Party (NP) in Balochistan in 2013. During this period, chief ministers from both parties split the five-year term, providing a historical precedent for the current deliberations.
Bilateral Accord: Agreement in Principle for Post-Election Stability
A significant milestone was reached during the Sunday meeting at Lahore’s Bilawal House, where leaders from PML-N and PPP expressed an initial agreement to collaborate for political stability post the general elections. Key figures, including PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal-Bhutto Zardari, and former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif from PML-N, were present.
Cordial Atmosphere: Joint Commitment to National Interests
The joint statement issued after the meeting emphasized the cordial environment in which discussions took place. Both parties reiterated their commitment to prioritizing the nation’s interests above all else, setting a positive tone for future collaboration.
In-Depth Discussions: PML-N Delegation Explores Key Political Landscape and Strategies
The PML-N delegation, comprising prominent figures such as Azam Nazir Tarar, Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, and others, engaged in substantive discussions. Key outcomes included an assessment of Pakistan’s overall situation, deliberations on future political strategies, and the exchange of recommendations aimed at promoting stability and progress.
National Mandate: PML-N and PPP Pledge Not to Disappoint the Electorate
Highlighting the majority mandate received by both parties, the joint statement underlined their commitment not to disappoint the electorate. Both PML-N and PPP leaders expressed a shared determination to lead Pakistan away from political instability and toward a path of prosperity and resilience.
PTI’s Protest: Nationwide Demonstrations Over Alleged Election Rigging
As PML-N and PPP explore a potential alliance, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and supporters launched nationwide protests on February 8, alleging “rigging in the general elections.” PTI members staged demonstrations in Peshawar, including the blockage of the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, raising concerns over the integrity of the electoral process.