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    Shehbaz Sharif Leads Pakistan’s Post-Election Coalition


    Pakistan's Post-Election Coalition: Shehbaz Sharif Takes Centre Stage

    Following the 2024 Pakistani elections, a significant political reshuffle has taken place, with the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) forming a coalition to govern the nation. Despite securing the most seats as independent candidates, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) falls short of a majority, paving the way for the collaboration between PML-N and PPP.

    At a press conference announcing the coalition, key figures such as Shehbaz Sharif from PML-N and Asif Ali Zardari from PPP emerged as prominent players. Shehbaz Sharif, the potential candidate for prime minister, expressed a willingness to include PTI in the government for the country’s betterment.

    The decision by PPP to withdraw its chairman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, from the prime ministerial race indicates strategic support for PML-N. The nomination of Shehbaz Sharif by Nawaz Sharif further solidifies PML-N’s position in the coalition.

    However, Imran Khan’s refusal to cooperate from jail on corruption charges sets the stage for potential political tensions. The distribution of key positions within the coalition remains unclear, leaving room for negotiations and speculation.

    The coalition faces the challenge of forming a government with a minimum required number of seats and potentially reaching a two-thirds majority in the Pakistan National Assembly. With 152 general seats secured, the coalition is poised to surpass the minimum requirement. Yet, reaching the 224-seat mark for a two-thirds majority remains a crucial hurdle.

    Internal dynamics within the coalition also pose challenges, with questions arising about the distribution of key roles and the process of government formation. The absence of clarity underscores the need for further negotiations among the coalition partners to ensure stability and functionality in governance.

    Sources By Agencies

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