No party has got a clear majority in the general elections of Pakistan. After the fractured mandate came to light, political parties on Sunday intensified their efforts for a coalition government. Independent candidates supported by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party performed brilliantly in the elections. However, after the results came out, Imran got a big shock. Wasim Qadir, who won in Lahore’s NA-121 constituency, left Imran and joined Nawaz Sharif’s party.
Wasim Qadir wins from NA-121 constituency of Lahore
Won in NA-121 constituency of Lahore Imran Khan Wasim Qadir, the candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has officially joined Nawaz Sharif’s party. According to Geo News, Pakistan Muslim League (N) party released a video and confirmed Qadir’s joining the party. In the video, Qadir is seen standing with PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz. It is known that Qadir won from NA-121 by defeating Sheikh Rohale Asghar of PML-N.
The results of Pakistan elections were as follows
Independent candidates supported by the party of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan have won 101 seats. Meanwhile, three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has emerged as the largest party in Parliament by winning 75 seats. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 54 seats, while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), the group of Urdu-speaking people who came from India during partition, got 17 seats. Other small parties have won the remaining 12 seats. In the National Assembly of Pakistan, representatives are elected through direct voting on 266 seats. Of these, elections were held on 265 seats. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared the results of 264 of these seats.
Support of 133 members needed to form government in Pakistan
To form a government in Pakistan, a party will need the support of 133 members elected through direct voting. Overall, 169 seats out of 336 are required to achieve a simple majority, which also includes seats reserved for women and minorities.
Nawaz Sharif called for forming a coalition government
After not getting a clear majority, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for forming a coalition government. PML-N chief Sharif has entrusted the responsibility of talks with the parties to his younger brother and former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, who has met senior PPP leaders. PML-N president Shahbaz met senior PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday night and discussed the future alliance. Meanwhile, 35-year-old former foreign minister Bilawal said that without his party’s support no one can form a government at the Centre, Punjab or Balochistan and the PPP’s doors are open to every political party for talks.