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Imran Khan’s party PTI to join hands with ’another’ to get reserved seats

 Published: 13:00, 12 February 2024

Imran Khan’s party PTI to join hands with ’another’ to get reserved seats

In a strategic move to enhance its chances of forming a government in national and provincial assemblies, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has taken the preliminary decision to collaborate with another political party, aiming to secure reserved seats.

PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan disclosed this development on Sunday, emphasizing the party's commitment to exploring viable options for an alliance. Notably, the PTI has ruled out engaging with the PML-N or PPP for any potential collaboration, citing discomfort with both parties.
During an appearance on the Doosra Rukh show, Barrister Gohar Ali Khan stated, "We don't feel comfortable with both of them. There will be no talks with anyone to make a government or to make a government together with them." He emphasized the party's preference for sitting in opposition over forming a government with the aforementioned parties, expressing confidence in having the majority.
The pivotal issue of reserved seats poses a potential obstacle for the PTI, as despite having the highest number of directly elected members in the assembly, their independent status disqualifies them from reserved seats allocated to parties based on lists submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before general elections.
Having ruled out the PML-N and PPP, the PTI is now exploring potential partnerships with other parties in the electoral landscape. One option is the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), with which the PTI had prior experience in a ruling coalition in the KP government in 2013. Although the partnership was dissolved in May 2018, the possibility of rekindling collaboration remains.
Another option under consideration is an alliance with the Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), a party that has been in the PTI's camp for some time. However, uncertainties exist regarding the submission of candidate lists by MWM for minorities and women. As the PTI strategizes for a strong political standing, the outcome of these potential alliances will shape the party's trajectory in the upcoming assemblies.

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