As directed by its founder, Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced that it will form a coalition with the Majlis-e-Wahdat-Muslimeen (MWM) to form a government in the Center and Punjab amidst the general uncertainty surrounding the formation of future governments following the polls on February 8.
Raoof Hasan, a spokesman for the PTI, told the media in Islamabad on Tuesday that the former prime minister had instructed the party to form an alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) over reserved seats while ruling out the possibility of holding talks with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P). “Those who have won the elections on February 8th should be permitted to form the government as it is their right to do so,” he stated, interpreting Khan’s intentions.
“I have been tasked [by Khan] with engaging all political parties to carry on the party’s political campaign for democratic principles, barring the PML-N, MQM-P, and PPP,” Hasan continued. Since neither the PPP nor the PML-N were able to secure a simple majority, the role of independent candidates has become even more crucial given that no party was able to win a majority in parliament.