I foresee a stalemate: Bilawal expresses concerns on forming new Pak government | World News


NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed concerns over the formation of a new coalition government, stating that he foresees a “stalemate” if someone is not ready to change their positions.
This statement came a day after the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) failed to reach a consensus on power-sharing following the fractured verdict in the February 8 election, reported PTI.
While talking with reporters at the Supreme Court, PPP Chief said that his party and he were adamant on their stance, highlighting that it will not be changed at any cost, the Dawn newspaper reported.
“If someone else wants to change their stance, there can be progress. If they are not ready to change it, I foresee a stalemate,” he said, adding that this would not benefit democracy or the parliamentary system.
He further added that if he wanted to give his vote to PML-N, then he will do it on his own terms. Zardari further added that the delay in forming the government is all because of the “non-seriousness.”
“The faster this is resolved, it will be better for stability and the incoming government,” he said.
The general elections have been marred by allegations of rigging, and more than 11 days after the voting, there is still uncertainty about which party will form the government.
Despite the PML-N and PPP announcing plans to form a coalition government, discussions have yet to yield a decision on the PPP’s inclusion in the Cabinet. Sources suggest that Bilawal is strategically maneuvering to persuade the PML-N to withdraw from the coalition government, allowing him to position himself as prime minister with the support of independent candidates affiliated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who have joined the Sunni Ittehad Council.
However, PTI has already rejected the possibility of supporting the PPP, making Bilawal’s path to the premiership challenging. To form a government, a party must secure at least 133 seats out of the 265 contested seats in the 266-member National Assembly. Independent candidates, largely supported by PTI, have won 93 seats, while PML-N and PPP have secured 75 and 54 seats respectively. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has also agreed to support the coalition with their 17 seats, according to PTI agency.
The cash-strapped nation is already facing the financial issue and the political landscape is only making the common people’s life miserable. The formation of a stable government is crucial for the country’s progress and democratic processes.

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