Weeks have passed since Pakistan’s new Shahbaz Sharif took office, but the cabinet has not been formed.
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), told reporters after a PPP meeting in Parliament House on Saturday that he did not think the PPP wanted to take over the ministry, The Express Tribune reported. But they want their friends to be included in Shahbaz’s cabinet first.
“We want to be independent and support the government,” 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.
Earlier, PPP party leaders who wanted to get party tickets in the National and Provincial Councils in the next general elections were asked to apply in their forms. The party said Rs 40,000 for the National Assembly party nominee form and Rs 30,000 for the provincial assembly would have to be deposited in the party fund.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the prime minister is taking time to form a new cabinet. Because, he wants to move forward with the allies.