Election Seat Adjustments with Allies Unlikely, but Possible with PML-Q, Says Former Federal Minister Abid Sher Ali

Jeddah: (Muhammad Adeel) In a recent conversation with media representatives at the Luk House on yesterday night, former Federal Minister for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali, stated that there would be no electoral alliances with any allied parties in the upcoming elections. However, he clarified that seat adjustments could be made with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) in certain constituencies.

Reacting to a recent statement by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), regarding the upcoming elections, Abid Sher Ali asserted that a slight delay of two to three months, in accordance with the constitution, would not spell doomsday. He emphasized that the Election Commission’s responsibility extended beyond merely conducting elections; it also entailed ensuring fair and transparent polls.

Further addressing the political landscape, Abid Sher Ali revealed that Nawaz Sharif would lead Pakistan’s election campaign in October, aiming for a fourth term as Prime Minister through the people’s votes. He reflected on the current economic crisis in Pakistan, attributing it to unchecked inflation resulting from the wrong policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. He contrasted this with the development trajectory set during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure, highlighting initiatives such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), possibility of G20 inclusion, the Karachi operation, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, and others as hallmarks of the Nawaz government’s performance.

The ceremony concluded with prayers and recitation of the Fatiha for the fifth anniversary of Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Nawaz Sharif. Prominent figures from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), including Malik Manzoor, Rana Ashraf, Mehr Abdul Khaliq Lak, Noor Mohammad Arain, Zohaib Ahmed, and Malik Waleed, were in attendance, among other senior leaders and workers.

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