Prime Ministerial hopeful Nawaz Sharif seeks unity government, tasks Shehbaz to hold meetings with Zardari, Fazl and Siddiqui
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for the post of prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday invited all parties that have secured seats in the February 8 general elections to join his party and form a government in the coming days.
“I have tasked Shehbaz Sharif to meet Fazlur Rehman, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Asif Ali Zardari today,” Nawaz told a crowd in Lahore’s Model City, in what was dubbed his “victory speech”, expressing his desire to form a unity government. .
However, as results come in, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed candidates are leading with more than 90 seats to their name, while the PML-N lags behind.
The party’s top leaders, on the other hand, stated that their candidates won the majority of seats and will form a government at the center.
The three-time former prime minister, who ended his self-imposed exile in October last year, urged all national institutions and politicians to play a positive role in leading the country out of the current crises.
Referring to the country’s fragile economy, Nawaz said: “It takes at least 10 years to bring stability to the country.”
He said it was the responsibility of the PML-N to lead the country out of the crisis.
The PML-N leader said that they respect the mandate of all political parties and independent candidates and invited them to sit with the former ruling party for the good of the country.
“Our only agenda is a prosperous Pakistan,” he added.
Hinting at the formation of a collation government, the PML-N top leader said party president Shehbaz Sharif would meet PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, JUI-F chief Fazalur Rehman, the MQM-P coordinator Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other leaders.
Earlier in the day, PML-N leader Ishaq Dar said successful independents had contacted his party and shown interest in joining it.
However, the PTI, which also claims to have the largest number of seats in the National Assembly, ruled out forging an alliance with the PML-N or the Pakistan People’s Party to form the federal government.
Pakistan witnessed the most important general elections in the country’s history on February 8. The election results were expected to be completed a few hours after midnight, but the unofficial results could not be published even 24 hours after the end of the election, sparking controversy.