LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) delegation arrived to meet Nawaz Sharif in a Mercedes G Wagon owned by the Government of Punjab.
According to the details, the MQM-P delegation arrived to meet Nawaz Sharif in a Mercedes G Wagon owned by the Punjab government which is valued at 13-18 crore rupees bought on Pakistani taxpayer money.
After the general elections 2024 failed to produce a clear winner, political manoeuvring has hit top gear on Sunday as a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) called on PML-N top leaders in Lahore for in-depth talks aimed at cobbling together a coalition government at the Centre.
According to the PML-N sources, the meeting between leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and MQM-P started at Jati Umra in Raiwind near Lahore.
PML-N Quaid and former three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif was leading his side while the MQM-P delegation was led by Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. The MQM team also included Sindh Governor Kamran Tasuri, Dr Farooq Sattar, Mustafa Kamal and others.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Senior Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, Khawaja Saad Rafique and other leaders also participated in the important political parleys.
The high-level talks were aimed at laying focus on government formation. Earlier on their arrival at Raiwand, Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif along with other party leaders welcomed the MQM senior leaders.
After the general elections 2024 failed to produce a clear winner, political maneuvering has hit top gear as political parties try to cobble together a coalition government in order to rule with a prime focus on wooing independent candidates.
PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, known as master of political deal-brokering, is in Lahore and a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is also in Lahore for what appears to be an in-depth parleys which may produce a new ruling coalition.
The PPP and MQM along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have won a combined strength of 146 newly-elected members of the National Assembly. PML-N has grabbed 75, PPP 54 and MQM has 17.
If the parties of these leaders succeeded in knitting together a coalition then the 101 independent winners mostly backed by the PTI stand no chance to stake claim at the Centre.
As the elections threw up a hung verdict, the country now faces days of political horse-trading as parties try to put together leaders to prove the majority. With such a split, the big question now rests on who will be able to form a government in Pakistan, a country of 241 million people which has suffered a turbulent two years with political instability, an economy on the verge of default and rising internal security challenges.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defied a months-long crackdown that crippled campaigning and forced candidates to run as independents with a combined showing that still challenged their rivals.