Pakistan Elections 2024: Nawaz, Bilawal Consider Split PM-ship

Pakistan Elections 2024: This strategy mirrors a similar power-sharing formula employed by the PML-N and the National Party (NP) in Balochistan back in 2013, where chief ministerial candidates from both parties shared a five-year term.

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Pakistan Elections 2024: In a bid to forge a new alliance for governing the federal government, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) are contemplating a unique arrangement where prime ministers from each party would serve staggered terms of three and two years respectively, as reported by Geo News on Monday.

Deliberations on Power Sharing

During their initial meeting held on Sunday, party leaders discussed the feasibility of adopting a rotational prime ministerial system, dividing the tenure equally between the two parties. This strategy mirrors a similar power-sharing formula employed by the PML-N and the National Party (NP) in Balochistan back in 2013, where chief ministerial candidates from both parties shared a five-year term.

Unity for Political Stability

The meeting, hosted at the Bilawal House in Lahore, saw both sides reaching a preliminary agreement to collaborate towards ensuring the country's political stability post-general elections, as per Geo News.

Key Attendees and Agenda

Attended by PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal-Bhutto Zardari, and former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif representing the PML-N, the gathering was marked by a congenial atmosphere. A joint statement issued after the meeting highlighted the commitment of both parties to prioritizing the nation's interests above all else.

In-depth Discussions and Recommendations

The leaders engaged in substantive discussions, evaluating the current political landscape and formulating strategies for future political endeavours. Recommendations were exchanged, aimed at fostering stability and progress across Pakistan.

Affirmation of Commitment

Emphasising their dedication to steering Pakistan towards prosperity, the parties reiterated their pledge to honour the electoral mandate bestowed upon them by the majority of the country. They vowed not to disappoint the electorate and remain steadfast in fulfilling their aspirations.

Counter Protests by PTI

Amidst these deliberations, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) launched nationwide protests on February 8, alleging election rigging. PTI members staged demonstrations, including blocking the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway in Peshawar, to protest what they perceive as electoral malpractice.

As Pakistan's political landscape continues to evolve, the discussions between PML-N and PPP signal potential shifts in power dynamics, while PTI's protests underscore the ongoing tensions within the country's political sphere.