PPP wants Bilawal as PM in talks with Sharif’s party

Feb 11, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Sunday took a tough stance in talks with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.PML-N) former three times leadership time Nawaz Sharif after securing the third highest number of seats in the 8 February general elections. PPP Is demanding the post of Prime Minister for its leader and former Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in return offered support to form a provincial government in Punjab.
Since the announcement of the election results, the three largest parties – jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the PML-N and independents linked to the PPP – are vying to form the next government at the Center and four provinces. Are competing for. , In the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, PTI got 95 seats, PML-N got 74 seats and PPP got 54 seats. A coalition of PPP, PML-N and smaller parties has been ruling Pakistan since Imran was ousted from power in April 2022.
According to sources, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif told his elder brother Nawaz and other senior party leaders that former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had demanded the post of PM for Bilawal during their meeting on Friday night. However, the PML-N is reluctant to accept the PM post.
PPP's Information Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi suggested that if Bilawal does not secure the PM post in a stable alliance, he should consider sitting in the opposition. “We must give priority to our party and continue to serve the people from that position,” Kundi said.
Imran's PTI rejects claim of landslide victory Talks With PML-N and PPP. It intends to form an independent federal government and is prepared to contest election results that it considers manipulated. “We do not feel comfortable with both of them for talks. PTI's interim chief Barrister Gauhar Khan said, “It is better to sit in the opposition than forming a government with him.”
Imran said that out of 102 independent candidates, 95 were supported by PTI and remained loyal to it. He highlighted PTI's near victory in Punjab and its two-third majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also demanded the release of PTI's “political prisoners” in response to Pakistan Army chief General Asim Munir's call for stability and reconciliation.

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