Rival Parties in Pakistan Form Coalition Government, Sideline Imran Khan’s PTI



In a significant political development in Pakistan, two major parties have agreed to form a coalition government following an inconclusive election result. The party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, nominating his younger brother Shabaz Sharif for the premiership, will collaborate with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and other smaller entities. This alliance marks a setback for Imran Khan’s PTI party, which, despite being barred from the elections, saw its backed independent candidates winning the most seats. The coalition aims to navigate Pakistan through its current political and economic challenges.

  • Two major parties in Pakistan have formed a coalition government after recent elections did not produce a clear winner.
  • Nawaz Sharif’s party has nominated Shabaz Sharif, his younger brother, for the position of Prime Minister.
  • The coalition includes the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and other smaller parties, aiming to counter Imran Khan’s PTI party’s influence.
  • Despite winning the most seats through independents, Imran Khan’s PTI has been unable to form a government, partly due to a lack of sufficient coalition partners.
  • The new government, while officially led by Nawaz Sharif’s party, is described as potentially weak due to its reliance on coalition partners, particularly the PPP, which is demanding the presidency for Mr. Zardari.
  • Imran Khan has targeted both Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, the leaders of the coalition parties, accusing them of corruption and incompetence.
  • There’s public dissatisfaction with the current political scenario, highlighting issues like corruption, economic crisis, and administrative incompetence.
  • The Pakistani military, while not overtly involved, is considered a significant behind-the-scenes player in the formation of the coalition government, maintaining influence in foreign and internal security matters.
  • Public criticism of the military has increased, with some generals being personally attacked online, indicating a shift in public perception regarding the army’s role in politics.

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