Pakistan parties intensify efforts to form coalition government after split verdict

Party leaders told Dawn News on Saturday they were “surprised” to see the impression that they were “all set” to join a PML-N-led coalition government in the Centre, insisting that no such decision had been reached.So much so, they clai­med, that the idea hadn’t been discussed even within the party so far.“We haven’t talked abo­ut anything regarding the future partnership or coalition government in the Centre,” PPP Chair­man Bilawal said.“We are still in the process of assessing the election results and emerging political situation. Once the results are finalised, the central executive committee, which has already nominated me as the PM candidate, will sit again and devise the course of action,” he said.Speaking to Geo News earlier in the day, Bilawal said that his party was the only one with representation in all four provinces.Meanwhile, the complete results of the three provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have been announced but the results of the three constituencies of the Balochistan assembly were still pending.

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