Realising that the lack of reserved seats would severely dent their chances of forming a government in the national and provincial assemblies, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has decided, in principle, to ally or merge with another political party to claim this benefit.
This was revealed by PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan on Sunday. TSpeaking on the Doosra Rukh show, he said: “We don’t feel comfortable with both of them. There will be no talks with anyone to make a government or to make a government together with them. It is better to sit in the opposition than to make a government [with them], but we think we have the majority.”
He reiterated that if its mandate was not accepted, the party would form a strong opposition.
The issue of reserved seats would definitely be a roadblock for the PTI in its attempts to claim a majority to form a government in any assembly.
Even though it may have the highest number of directly elected members in the assembly, their status as independents means they do not qualify for the reserved seats for minorities and women that are allotted to the parties on the basis of lists provided to the ECP before the general elections.
After writing off the PML-N and PPP — the largest parties in the Centre and the provinces — the PTI may look to pursue a partnership with one of the others in the electoral mix.
One option would be the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), which has three members in the KP assembly. The two already have some experience of working together as allies in the KP government when the two formed a ruling coalition in 2013. However, that partnership was formally dissolved towards the tail-end of the provincial government’s tenure in May 2018.he PTI leader said that while they were exploring options in this regard, the party would definitely not be reaching out to either the PML-N or PPP for a possible alliance. Source: Dawn