In an unexpected political move, Pakistan's two major political parties, PML-N and PML-Q, have reached a unanimous agreement on the formation of a joint committee. The committee is set to deliberate on the upcoming Senate elections, which are scheduled for 8th February. The agreement was solidified during a meeting last Wednesday between PML-N's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-Q's Chief, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. The event is historically significant, marking the first meeting between the two parties in 15 years since their divergence.
Historical Rivalry and Recent Collaboration
PML-Q had initially been a part of the coalition government under the leadership of former Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali, which was led by Chaudhry Shujaat. The new agreement includes a strategy where both parties will share the four seats from the National Assembly and eight seats from the Punjab Provincial Assembly equally. The collaboration between these historically rival parties is seen as a sign of changing political dynamics in Pakistan.
Future Meetings and Finalization
Further meetings between the leaderships are planned to finalize the details of the agreement. The consensus between the two parties is a sign of political maturity and willingness to work towards the common goal of democratic stability.
Other Political Developments
Meanwhile, the PPP Sindh Parliamentary Board has discussed the selection of candidates from Hyderabad and Mirpur Khan for the upcoming general elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan has fixed the petitions against the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) intra party polls for hearing. The ECP also decided to conduct contempt proceedings against Imran Khan and former federal minister Fawad Chaudry at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, commencing on December 13.