According to Pakistani media outlets, senior officials from the two major political parties in Pakistan discussed power-sharing during a meeting on Monday, February 12th.
Geo News reported that it was proposed in this meeting that the Muslim League and the People’s Party would alternate holding the Prime Minister’s seat over the next five years.
The two senior officials, Shahbaz Sharif, the head of the Muslim League faction led by Nawaz, and Asif Ali Zardari, the head of the Pakistan People’s Party, an agreement on forming a coalition government but the fate of the prime minister’s seat remains undecided.
According to Geo News, in this meeting, the Muslim League faction advocated for the Prime Minister’s seat, while the Pakistan People’s Party stated that the Prime Minister should be Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
One of the proposed options is a rotational premiership for the leaders of the two parties for a term of three and two years respectively. Geo News sources have stated that the two parties have agreed on forming a coalition government.
Neither of these traditional and major parties holds the majority of seats necessary to form a government and, like the past two years, they must compromise on power-sharing.
This development follows the success of Tehreek-e-Insaf led by Imran Khan, despite Khan’s imprisonment. The party emerged victorious, winning the most of seats in the elections. Notably, this marks the first instance where independent candidates supported by Imran Khan’s party have secured more seats in Pakistan’s elections.
Meanwhile, the Muslim League, which won the most seats after the Tehreek-e-Insaf group, is negotiating to form a coalition government in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan.
These post-election alignments come amid increasing tensions over election results. Small political parties in Balochistan have staged sit-ins, and candidates affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Insaf party are contesting the results in most constituencies.