PTI-led government in Pakistan likely to be stable: US media


Washington, July 27 (TNS): PTI-led government in Pakistan likely to be stable while infrastructure projects, energy contracts likely to be reviewed, US based analytic website reported on Friday.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice: PTI) party is set to form the federal government in Pakistan for the first time after the opposition party secured at least 114 seats in the National Assembly during the 25 July general election.

This leaves the PTI only 23 seats short of an overall majority in the 273-seat upper house of parliament (another 70 seats will be allocated to women and minorities on a proportional representative basis based on the final result). With 10 constituencies yet to be declared, the PTI could close this gap further, increasing the likelihood that Khan will form a coalition government with independent candidates and/or smaller regional parties, such as the Balochistan Awami Party (Balochistan People’s Party: BAP), in the coming days. Moreover, the PTI retained control of the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and could form a ruling coalition in Punjab, the country’s largest and most prosperous province (provincial elections were held concurrently with the general election).

Conversely, the outgoing ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), is likely to see its presence in the National Assembly halved to at least 62 seats. As preliminary results following the end of polling on 25 July began to indicate a PTI victory, PML-N president and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif rejected the election’s outcome, claiming that delays in announcing the official result were being caused by vote manipulation.