PML-N strengthens position ahead of elections with Nawaz in Quetta

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A week before the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, the supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, landed in Quetta for a series of key meetings with various stakeholders in the wake of the approaching election window.

In the two weeks leading up to the upcoming general elections, the ex-prime minister has been leading the party’s election campaign and forging new alliances in order to strengthen their position ahead of the next elections that will take place on October 21.

A three-time prime minister is expected to form a formal election alliance ahead of the February 8 elections alongside party President Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz and others, according to sources. He is expected to be accompanied by party President Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz. Awami Party (BAP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) are expected to form alliances with each other.

In case the parties reach an agreement, they will joint contest the upcoming provincial elections and will determine who will be the chief minister through a consensus that is reached between the parties.

Jam Kamal, the BAP’s chief executive, is known to be considering jumping ship and joining Nawaz on condition that he is given the role of chief minister, while the JUI-F is also in the process of proposing Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, on the condition that he is given this role as the province’s chief executive.

There was a meeting between Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N delegation and various stakeholder representatives, one of which included a delegation of a BAP party that included Nawabzada Khalid Magsi and Manzoor Kakar.

In addition to the members of JUI-F’s provincial leadership, PKMAP’s President Khalid Magsi, National Party’s Abdul Malik Baloch, and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP)’s leadership attend the meeting.

In addition to Sadiq Sanjrani, the Senate Chairman is also expected to meet with Nawaz, as well as the Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali.

There was a bitter history between the PML-N and BAP in the past, as in 2018, the BAP was founded by both political dissidents from Nawaz’s party, as well as those from the PML-Q, with the two parties having bitter rivalries in the past.

The News reported a day earlier that notable political entities would join the ranks of the PML-N, with the party considering possible changes to its seat allocations with the BAP based on the expected additions.

It is worth noting that this development comes as PML-N and MQM-P, which announced their electoral partnership earlier this month, are planning to jointly contest the upcoming general elections in Sindh in the near future.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, took a jab at the PML-N earlier in the day, while speaking to a media audience in Mithi. He urged the Nawaz-led party to “concentrate on Lahore” instead of focusing on other provinces.

Bilawal suggested that Nawaz should remain in Lahore and focus on the problems being faced by the city,” he said.

As a result of the dissolution of the national assembly in August, the PML-N and the PPP have been engaged in a scathing verbal battle against each other ever since the dissolution of the assembly.

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