Nawaz reaches Quetta as PML-N tries to form alliance ahead of general elections

PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif (centre) lands with party president Shehbaz Sharif and vice president Maryam Nawaz in Quetta on November 14, 2023.  -X/@pmln_org
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif (centre) lands with party president Shehbaz Sharif and vice president Maryam Nawaz in Quetta on November 14, 2023. -X/@pmln_org
  • PML-N is seeking electoral alliance with JUI-F, BAP, seat adjustment.
  • Prominent politicians are expected to join the party during Nawaz’s visit.
  • Representatives of National Party, PKMAP met the former Prime Minister.

As the parties got into election mode, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif arrived in Quetta on Tuesday.

The three-time prime minister, who returned to Pakistan on October 21 from four years of self-exile, is leading the party’s election campaign and forming new alliances ahead of the upcoming general elections.

During his Quetta visit, Nawaz – along with party president Shehbaz Sharif and chief organizer Maryam Nawaz – is expected to woo the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) to form an electoral alliance. Sources said about the voting to be held on February 8.

If the parties reach an agreement, they will jointly contest general elections in the province and decide the chief minister “by consensus”.

BAP is likely to jump ship of Jam Kamal and join hands with Nawaz on the condition that he is made the chief minister, while JUI-F has also put forward the name of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hydari with the condition that he will be made the chief minister of the province. They will support him if he is made Chief Executive. Sources added.

The PML-N delegation led by Nawaz met various stakeholders – including the BAP delegation comprising Nawabzada Khalid Magsi, Manzoor Kakkar and others.

The meeting was also attended by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) Chairman Khalid Magsi, National Party’s Abdul Malik Baloch and JUI-F’s provincial leadership.

Others who met Nawaz include Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Balochistan Assembly Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali and others.

It should be noted that PML-N and BAP have a bitter past, as the party was founded in 2018 by political dissidents from Nawaz’s party as well as PML-Q.

one day before, news Notable political entities are expected to join the PML-N and the party is considering possible seat adjustments with the BAP, the report said.

This development comes after earlier this month PML-N and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) announced their electoral alliance to jointly contest the upcoming general elections in Sindh.

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, speaking to the media in Mithi earlier in the day, took a dig at the PML-N and urged the Nawaz-led party to “focus on Lahore”.

“I would suggest that he [Nawaz] “I should stay in Lahore and concentrate on its problems,” Bilawal said.

Since the dissolution of the National Assembly in August, PML-N was parting ways with its former ally PPP and there was a heated argument between the two.

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