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PML-N and PPP discuss sharing of Prime Minister’s slot for half of five-year term for both parties

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have discussed the prospect of sharing the prime ministerial position between their parties for half of a five-year term, as part of a power-sharing arrangement.

This proposal to appoint a prime minister for half of the term was brought up during their initial meeting on Sunday, following the February 8 elections. The aim is to forge a coalition government at both the federal and provincial levels.

This approach mirrors a previous power-sharing agreement between the PML-N and the National Party (NP) in Balochistan in 2013, where two chief ministers from the respective parties alternated halfway through the five-year term, according to sources.

During the meeting held at Bilawal House in Lahore, attended by PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal-Bhutto Zardari, and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif from the PML-N, both sides tentatively agreed to collaborate for the political stability of the country post-election.

A joint statement issued after the meeting highlighted the cordial atmosphere and the commitment of both parties to prioritize the nation’s interests above all else.

The discussions between the leaders focused on assessing the current political landscape, strategizing for the future, and sharing recommendations to foster stability and progress nationwide.

The PML-N delegation, including Azam Nazir Tarar, Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Tanvir, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Malik Ahmad Khan, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and Sheza Fatima, engaged in substantive discussions on these matters.

Both parties affirmed their dedication to steering Pakistan away from political instability and towards prosperity. They emphasized their responsibility to honor the mandate given to them by the majority of the electorate, pledging not to disappoint the people.

Furthermore, the leaders reiterated their unwavering commitment to fulfilling the aspirations of the people and ensuring their voices are respected and acted upon.

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