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PPP CEC fails to take decision about alliance with PML-N so far

PPP CEC fails to take decision about alliance with PML-N so far

PPP CEC fails to take decision about alliance with PML-N so far

PPP CEC fails to reach decision about alliance with PML-N

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Senator Sherry Rehman affirmed on Monday that the party has taken the decision to establish a committee for reaching out to other political entities, following directives from party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.Speaking at a press briefing after the PPP’s Central Executive Committee meeting, Rehman stated that the participants extensively discussed suggestions put forth by all members and anticipated potential challenges.

The PPP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) convened in Islamabad under the joint leadership of Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, as outlined in a party statement.

The meeting concluded with the decision to form a committee tasked with initiating dialogue with other political parties, Rehman informed.However, she added that deliberations within the PPP’s Central Executive Committee will continue tomorrow, emphasizing that no definitive resolution has been reached yet.

Meanwhile, PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi said that the PPP’s CEC expressed apprehension over alleged irregularities during the 2024 elections.

He mentioned that the party would provide detailed explanations regarding its reservations on the electoral process later.

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Earlier in the day, reports surfaced indicating that senior PPP leadership advised party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari against forging a coalition government with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and advocated for remaining in the opposition.

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Sources disclosed that a majority of CEC members advocated for the PPP to assume an opposition stance, expressing doubts over the viability of forming a robust coalition government.

They suggested that it would be more prudent for the PPP to sit in the opposition, respecting the mandate of independent candidates who, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) 2024 election results, were leading in the National Assembly (NA).

Participants reportedly viewed positioning a PPP member as prime minister as politically disadvantageous. Some members proposed exploring dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) instead of the PML-N.

Additionally, certain CEC members suggested that the party could consider joining the government if offered significant positions, including the premiership.

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They argued that if Bilawal were to assume the role of prime minister and if PPP secured key ministries, it would demonstrate the party’s capacity to deliver on its promises.

However, senior leadership within the party has advised Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari against the prospect of forming a coalition government with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and instead suggested opting for an opposition role.

As per the statement, the attendees of the meeting expressed their trust in the party’s leadership and deliberated on various matters, including the recent general elections and the path forward.

Sources disclosed that a majority of CEC members advocated for the party to assume an opposition stance, particularly considering the apparent lack of potential for a robust coalition government.

CEC members voiced the opinion that the PPP should honor the mandate of independent candidates, who, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) results for the 2024 elections, were leading in the National Assembly (NA).

Participants reportedly viewed positioning a PPP member as prime minister as a political setback, with some proposing dialogue with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) instead of PML-N.

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Meanwhile, certain CEC members suggested that the party could consider joining the government if offered significant positions, including the prime ministership. They argued that if Bilawal were to assume the role of prime minister and if PPP secured key ministries, it would demonstrate the party’s capacity to deliver on its promises.

In a separate development, PPP leader Nadeem Afzal Chan advocated for engaging with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rather than aligning with the PML-N. “We should align with the party that has secured the genuine mandate,” he remarked.

A recent report indicated discussions between PML-N and PPP regarding a potential “power-sharing formula” involving splitting the prime ministerial tenure between the two parties over the next five years.

This suggestion was purportedly brought forward during a meeting between PML-N delegation led by Shehbaz Sharif and PPP leadership, including Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.

No final decision was reached during the meeting as both parties sought time to consult with their respective executive boards or committees.

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