Imran Khan nominates Pervez Khattak for chief minister’s office
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which emerged as the major political force in 2013 general election, looks set to establish its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after reaching an agreement with the Jamaat-e-Islami late on Monday.
The party is also making efforts to muster support of independent MPs to further consolidate its position.
Highly-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the PTI leadership had established contacts with leaders of various political forces and newly-elected independent MPAs. But on the other hand, Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leaders are also engaged in efforts for establishing a JUI-F-led coalition government in the province.
The PTI is in the lead with 34 of 99 general seats, while the JUI-F is runner up with 16 and Pakistan Muslim League (N) at third position with 12 seats.
The Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party have seven seats each, Awami National Party has five and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad has three. At least 11 seats have gone to independents who would play a decisive role in formation of the government.
At least three independents, including two from Dera Ismail Khan, are already in electoral adjustment with the JUI-F, while a few of them have old or ideological links with the ANP. But with the ANP facing defeat, it could be hard for these three independents to join hands with the ANP. However, a majority of these independents are looking towards the musical chairs and now making attractive demands from the PTI and the JUI-F.
Fazlur Rehman and his JUI-F are making all efforts to establish a coalition government with PML-N’s support. However, PML-N, ANP and others are proposing giving a “chance to the PTI”.
According to latest contacts between leaders of various political parties, the JI and QWP have agreed to join the PTI-led coalition government in principal.
Late night parleys between the PTI’s Pervez Khattak and the JI’s Sirajul Haq resulted in an agreement between the two parties. PTI Chairman Imran Khan has nominated Pervez Khattak to be the leader of the House in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Likewise, the PTI leadership has also established contacts with Swabi group comprising three MPAs. The group is nowadays considered as Awami Jamhoori Ittehad.
Interestingly, no one either from the PTI or the JUI-F have established contacts with ANP and PPP leadership, through the ANP leadership is against confrontation.
The ANP leadership is likely to remain neutral in efforts aimed at establishing of government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while it will extend support to PML-N in the Centre.
The PTI has constituted a four-member committee for consultations with other parties over the formation of the KP government. The committee comprises Pervez Khattak‚ Shah Farman‚ Asad Qaisar and Atif Khan.
Asad Qaisar has said that the PTI would make the next government in KP as it had emerged as the largest party of the province.
In a statement from PTI KP media cell, Qaisar said the PTI had proven that it was the largest party of the province and would make the government as well.