- PTI’s lack of reserved seats poses a significant hurdle to forming a government.
- They explore alliances, excluding PML-N and PPP.
- The party maintains internal unity and criticizes defections.
- Release of political prisoners and mandate recognition are seen as crucial for healing.
- Strong criticism is directed towards the ECP and CEC, demanding their resignations.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) faces a roadblock in forming governments due to the lack of reserved seats for minorities and women. While they may have the highest number of directly elected members, their independent status excludes them from these crucial seats. Recognizing this challenge, PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan revealed discussions about potential alliances or mergers with other parties.
Uncomfortable With PML-N and PPP
PTI categorically ruled out partnerships with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the two largest national and provincial players. Khan declared they would rather sit in opposition than collaborate with either party, despite believing in having a majority.
Possible Partners Emerge
With traditional options off the table, PTI explores alternatives. One potential partner is the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), with whom they previously formed a ruling coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. However, their past partnership ended in 2018. Another option is the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), but their lack of submitted candidate lists remains a question mark.
Rejection of Turncoats
Khan strongly condemned politicians who switched loyalties after the election, citing their rejection by the public. He addressed concerns about PTI-backed independent Waseem Qadir joining PML-N, assuring that other independent candidates remain loyal. Khan emphasized their commitment to forming governments at the center, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and in Punjab, shunning past strategies like sit-ins or assembly dissolutions.
“Healing Touch” and Respecting the Mandate
Khan stressed that releasing political prisoners and accepting PTI’s electoral mandate would be the true “healing touch” from the establishment. He responded to Army Chief General Asim Munir’s call for unity, insisting that respecting the people’s verdict is paramount. Khan highlighted the unprecedented voter turnout despite alleged crackdowns against PTI, emphasizing the strength of their mandate.
Protests and Resignation Demands
PTI supporters continue protests against alleged rigging, targeting returning officer offices. The party demanded the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members, accusing them of facilitating electoral fraud and manipulating results to deny PTI’s majority and impose another PDM-led government.
In conclusion, PTI faces a critical hurdle in forming governments due to the reserved seat system. While ruling out alliances with major parties, they explore options like JI and MWM. Khan remains vocal about their mandate, demanding its respect and calling for the release of political prisoners. The party’s ongoing protests and resignation demands reflect their dissatisfaction with the election process and their determination to secure their desired outcome.