The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has been offered as the presidential candidate by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in an attempt to create a coalition government in Punjab and at the federal level. The proposal was made at a meeting between the leaders of the two parties, who are attempting to form a coalition because none of them won a resounding majority in the elections on February 8. Along with the chief ministership of Balochistan and a prominent post in Punjab, the PML-N has also promised PPP the chairmanship of the Senate and the speakership of the National Assembly.
However, the PML-N is unwilling to give up the prime minister position, which PPP is demanding to be granted. With 95 seats in the National Assembly, PTI-backed independent candidates have become a formidable force, and PPP is afraid that if it settles for less, they will gain more clout. After conferring with their respective Central Executive Committees (CECs), both parties have agreed to carry on with their conversations. Soon, a meeting of the CECs is anticipated to conclude their position on the potential partnership.
There has long been fierce competition between the PML-N and PPP, with the former accusing the latter of corruption and poor leadership. On occasion, though, they have also worked together to pass important laws like the Charter of Democracy and the 18th Amendment. They are now closer than before as they work to thwart the PTI’s ascent and safeguard their political interests.