4 days on, no clarity on next Pakistan PM

Feb 13, 2024



Islamabad: Pakistan's major political players The name of the country has not been finalized new prime minister However, after this, discussions were going on between them for four days. Controversial national and provincial electionsWhich is considered to be the most rigged in the history of Pakistan.
So far, the names of three-time former PM Nawaz Sharif (74), his brother, former PM Shahbaz Sharif (72) and former Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (35) have emerged. Followers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, however, want to see their jailed party chief Imran Khan back in power, a wish that cannot be fulfilled in the current situation.
PTI-backed independent candidates have so far won 93 National Assembly seats, the most by any party, but short of the simple majority of 169 seats needed to form the federal government. Despite strong support from the powerful military establishment, the Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N finished second with 75 seats. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stood third with 54 seats. Another important stakeholder is the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) with 17 seats. The remaining MLAs are from small parties with one or two votes.
To form the government at the Centre, a possible scenario could be that the PML-N forms an alliance with the PPP and some smaller parties. The two parties have enjoyed a working relationship since they jointly ruled the country for 18 months following the ouster of Imran Khan's government in April 2022. Reports suggest that to win the post of PM, PML-N has offered the posts of President, NA Speaker and Senate Chairman. To PPP. It seems that PPP is taking time to consider its options apart from demanding the PM post for Bilawal.
With the current number of seats, PTI can form the government only by forming an alliance with PML-N or PPP, but this seems unlikely. The PPP has said that its doors are open to all for consultation. Imran's media advisor Zulfi Bukhari has said that there is every possibility that if PTI fails to gather majority then it will sit in the opposition instead of forming an alliance. Unsuccessful PTI candidates have filled the courts with claims of vote rigging. PTI supporters have also demonstrated outside Election Commission offices across the country.
The National Assembly must be convened by the President within three weeks of the election. To become Prime Minister, a simple majority is required – 169 seats out of 336.



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