Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shahbaz Sharif has become the country’s new prime minister after Imran Khan stepped down after a no-confidence vote. But as the week wore on, he was still unable to form a cabinet. Many members of the anti-Imran movement do not want to join the cabinet. Many of them are interested in joining the constitutional posts, such as president, speaker, governor, etc., but do not want to go to the cabinet. That is what Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari indicated.
According to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune, the PPP held a meeting at the Parliament House on Saturday. The former president later told reporters in an informal discussion that he did not think the PPP wanted to take over the ministry. But they want their friends to be included in Shahbaz’s cabinet first. Asked if they wanted to impose a burden on Shahbaz Sharif, Zardari said, “There is no such thing. We would rather give our friends a chance, “he said.
Meanwhile, another ally of the alliance, MQM-P convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, said he was more interested in serving the people than being a member of the cabinet.
However, after Zardari’s press conference, some PPP leaders said they were discussing the issue. Eventually they might even join the cabinet. Earlier, it was reported that PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was going to be the foreign minister.
Earlier, PPP party leaders who wanted to get party tickets in the next general elections in the national and provincial assemblies were asked to apply in their forms. The party has said that candidates for the National Assembly will have to deposit Rs 40,000 for the party form and Rs 30,000 for the provincial assembly. PPP general secretary Farhatullah Babar said the application form should be sent to the party’s Islamabad office or to Bilawal Bhutto’s Karachi residence in Karachi by April 30.
But political sources say the PPP is more interested in positions in the constitutional department than in the ministry. Meanwhile, PPP’s Raja Pervez Ashraf has become the new speaker of the central parliament. He was elected unopposed to the post yesterday. The party then looked at the posts of Deputy Speaker, Senate Chairman and President. Because, the idea is, Arif Alvi may resign soon. If that happens, the PPP will ask the president.
Since taking office on April 11, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been urging the PPP to join the cabinet. But the PPP, the second-largest party in the ruling coalition, told him it was more interested in supporting him when he was out of cabinet. The Prime Minister is taking time to form a new cabinet. Because, he wants to move forward with the allies. In particular, Shahbaz wants to run the government with all those who left the ruling coalition led by PTI and joined the opposition.