The country’s two major political parties Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) are considering to form alliance against the ruling government Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Both parties are aiming to give ‘tough time’ to the government. The announcement about the alliance is expected to be made after Ramazan.
According to the former senator Nehal Hashmi stated that both parties are discussing on various issues within the parliament.
Hashmi further stated that all parties will form an alliance against the ruling government which has introduced failed policies along with a burdening budget on the poor citizens.
The former senator also stated that for alliance both parties have to settle on common grounds before formally announcing it.
Similarly, PPP’s senators have stated that they are going to form an alliance based on some common points, if they are met then both parties will form a coalition for the public interest. PPP’s senior party member and former federal minister for production, Ayatullah Durrani confirmed that there have been meetings held between the two leaders recently.
Durrani further added that PPP’s Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had meetings with PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, and Khawaja Asif. In addition, Durrani stated that the joint venture between the parties would most likely discuss on the 18thamendment, IMF and World Bank policies.
According to various political analysts there are forces in PPP and the PML-N that have sustained a stability and friendship with the establishment however some are anti-establishment. According to Ahsan Raza, Shehbaz Sharif and Asif Zardari seek establishment to find solutions however Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto have anti-establishment views.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s member who wished to remain anonymous stated that all the meetings between the two parties occurred after PML-N requested it. The member also said that the future of this alliance is uncertain however discussions are still underway.