Zardari ‘demands PM’s slot for Bilawal in exhange for supporting PML-N in Punjab’
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has informed his party leaders that former president Asif Zardari has requested the position of prime minister for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, along with significant ministerial roles.
The PPP has agreed to form a coalition government with the PML-N on the condition that Bilawal becomes the prime minister. In exchange for this arrangement, Zardari has offered the support of the PPP to the PML-N in forming a government in Punjab.
To discuss the future coalition, Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal on Friday night. The PML-N leaders also explored various options for forming the government at the national level and in Punjab during a meeting on Saturday.
However, the election results came as a surprise to the PML-N leadership, as they did not align with their expectations. The party leaders, including Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, were overly confident and failed to prioritize public rallies, door-to-door campaigns, mass public campaigns, and direct voter engagement, especially on election day.
While the PML-N considers a coalition with Zardari as their primary option, they are hesitant to relinquish the prime ministerial position.