February 20, 2024

Ex-PM Khan aide says PTI mulling merger with non secular social gathering to kind authorities 

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering is mulling a merger with the non secular social gathering Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, a senior chief of the PTI confirmed on Sunday, because it eyes reserve seats in parliament to kind its authorities on the heart. 

Pakistan’s election regulator introduced the unofficial outcomes of the 2024 normal elections in keeping with which impartial candidates, a lot of whom have been affiliated with Khan’s PTI social gathering, secured the very best variety of seats, 101. 

Final month, Pakistan’s prime court docket upheld a court docket ruling that stripped the PTI of its electoral image, a cricket bat. In consequence, Khan’s candidates have been pressured to contest polls as impartial ones. This meant the social gathering wouldn’t be entitled to order seats for minorities and girls in parliament, which helps events kind the federal authorities. 

Together with the 266 straight elected seats, there are additionally 70 reserved seats — 60 for ladies and 10 for non-Muslims— allotted primarily based on every social gathering’s power within the Nationwide Meeting, to find out their ultimate standing. 

One of many methods on the PTI’s disposal is to hitch a smaller social gathering in parliament to kind a single bloc to satisfy the requirement for them to be allotted reserve seats, and therefore, put up a joint candidate for the submit of prime minister. 

“Alliance with MWM is certainly an choice we’re contemplating severely,” Khan’s shut aide and media adviser, Sayed Zulifkar Bukhari, informed Arab Information.

The MWM is a Pakistani non secular and political group that advocates for the rights of Shia Muslims within the nation. Throughout nationwide polls, the PTI and MWM joined forces to assist the MWM candidate win the NA-37 constituency. The MWM has just one seat within the parliament. 

Bukhari mentioned the PTI would “undoubtedly” merge with a celebration.

“We are going to look into reserve seats as nicely,” he mentioned. “We additionally hope to win a majority of our challenged seats the place the general public’s mandate has been stolen,” Bukhari added. 

He mentioned if the PTI is just not in a position to kind its authorities on the heart, it will characteristic within the strongest opposition that Pakistan has ever seen. 

“We undoubtedly wouldn’t be forming any govt with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) or the Pakistan Peoples Occasion (PPP) as PDM 2 is doomed for failure,” Bukhari mentioned, referring to the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM), a coalition of anti-PTI events comprising PPP, PML-N and others that challenged Khan’s authorities. 

Husnain Zaidi, an MWM spokesperson, mentioned his social gathering would unconditionally welcome all PTI parliamentarians and facilitate them in keeping with their preferences. 

“We now have an alliance with them and won’t hesitate to display our platform to them,” Zaidi informed Arab Information. 

He mentioned each events have been in touch with one another over a doable merger, including {that a} formal determination on the matter can be reached quickly.

 “Relating to the reserve seats, the choice will probably be made by the PTI, and we’ll cooperate with them accordingly,” he mentioned. 

In the meantime, PML-N chief and former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif has invited different political events within the nation, such because the Muttahida Quami Motion Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Peoples Occasion (PPP) to assist it kind a coalition authorities on the heart.