Nearly a dozen independent candidates who won Pakistan’s general election on February 8 have joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Samaa TV reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, elected independent candidate from NA-189 from Rajanpur, Shamsher Ali Mazari announced that he had joined the party led by Nawaz Sharif.
Mazari announced his decision in a video statement, saying he consulted his associates before deciding to extend his support to the PML-N.
“For the welfare of the state, I have decided to join the PML-N,” Mazari is allegedly heard saying in a video circulating on social media.
In the video he is seen talking while traveling in a car.
The Pakistan-based media outlet reported that Mazari got 38,875 votes against PML-N’s Sardar Riaz’s 32,000.
Similarly, Muhammad Sohail, an independent candidate elected from Punjab Assembly constituency PP-240, along with Khurram Virk of PP-48 and Rana Muhammad Fayyaz of PP-49 also joined the PML-N.
Earlier on Sunday, PP-94 independent candidate Taimoor Lali also joined the PML-N. PP-297 MPA-elect from Rajanpur, Sardar Khizar Khan Mazari, a PTI-backed independent candidate, also announced his support for the PML-N. Mazari won with 39,206 votes against PML-N’s Sardar Mir Dost Mazari, who got 30,933 votes.
Fayyaz said he expressed full confidence in the PML-N leadership and will hold meetings with them.
From Chiniot, Sardar Zulfiqar, a successful candidate of PP-96, joined the PML-N. He said he took the decision for the well-being and development of the region, Samaa TV reported.
Zulfiqar Ali Shah was elected MPA after defeating PPP’s Syed Hasan Murtaza.
On Saturday, independent candidate Raja Khurram Nawaz was elected MNA from NA-48, while Mian Muhammad Khan Bugti from NA-253 also announced that he had joined the PML-N.
Meanwhile, as part of a plan to form a new alliance to run the federal government, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have deliberated on the possibility of appointing prime ministers of either party for three- and two-year terms at the helm, Geo News reported Monday.
According to the report, party leaders, in their first meeting on Sunday, discussed the possibility of appointing a mid-term prime minister.
The same power-sharing formula was drawn up by the PML-N and the National Party (NP) in Balochistan in 2013, when chief ministerial candidates of the two parties held office for half of the five-year term.
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First published: February 13, 2024 | 8:38 a.m. IS