PDM leaders renew coalition, decide to form unity govt

Renewing Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) coalition in a bid to form government, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said that he and other political leaders have decided to form the government together, inviting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to also become part of reconciliation process.

“We have chosen to unite and form a government to steer Pakistan out of crisis. Regardless of the challenges Pakistan is grappling with—be it economic, terrorism, or reconciliation—PTI is also part of this reconciliation effort. We welcome them to join us in this process, and all political forces are invited to engage in discussions about reconciliation,” he said addressing the media after a multi-party gathering at PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s residence in Islamabad.

MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, IPP’s Aleem Khan, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif were also present on this occasion.


Zardari emphasised the importance of common ground in economic and defence agendas during the reconciliation process. He stated, “We should collaborate to support Mian Nawaz Sharif and other associates in their endeavours for the success of Pakistan, its people, and to uplift them from poverty.”

Acknowledging the existing financial obligations, the former president stressed on the need to address the challenges facing the country. “We are aware of the debt we need to address. We have a comprehensive understanding of the situation. Although we may have been opponents in the elections, we are now committed to coming together for the greater good and sitting at the table for collaborative discussions,” he added.

Maryam PML-N’s candidate for Punjab CM position: Shehbaz

Shehbaz Sharif, while talking to the media announced that PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz will be the party’s candidate for the Punjab chief minister position.


Shehbaz, reminiscing about his previous term as PM, expressed, “When I was PM, I had announced Nawaz Sharif as our party’s candidate for PM, and I now request him to accept the position. Additionally, I am officially announcing Maryam Nawaz as our candidate for Punjab CM.”

He highlighted the coalition government’s achievement in averting a default during his tenure, attributing the success to the collective efforts of the individuals present. He concluded by mentioning the formation of committees by both PML-N and PPP to determine the future course of action.

Siddiqui urges setting aside political differences for country

Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui stated that Pakistan was undergoing a crisis and emphasised that the differences between political parties should not supersede the interests of the nation.

He expressed MQM-P’s support for Shehbaz Sharif, affirming the party’s commitment to honouring its promises. “If all of us, setting aside political interests, take steps to save the country and the state, then the situation can improve within a year,” he added.

Sadiq Sanjrani, representing the Balochistan Awami Party, underscored the collective effort needed to stabilise the country and democracy. He mentioned his party’s support for Nawaz Sharif.

Aleem Khan expressed gratitude to Chaudhry Shujaat for hosting the meeting and expressed optimism about the country’s prospects following the formation of a unity government.

“The condition of the poor people is dire, inflation is soaring, and there are numerous challenges facing the populace. We will prioritise decisions for the country and its people,” he remarked.

He further highlighted that the government led by Shehbaz Sharif would focus on decisions aimed at improving the country’s welfare.

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