People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who is considered a key player behind the ouster of Imran Khan as prime minister, said that his party will not take ministries.

In a brief press talk at Parliament House on Saturday, ex-president Zardari said that they want their friends to be accommodated first.

When asked if he wants to put all the burden on Shehbaz Sharif, he said that there is no such thing. “We want friends to be given a chance.”

At the same time, the PPP has also invited applications from candidates for the National Assembly and provincial assemblies for the forthcoming general election.

After Zardari’s press talk, senior leaders of the PPP started explaining his remarks and said he did not mean that the PPP was not joining the cabinet. 

A senior PPP leader, on the condition of anonymity, said that the PPP wanted to fulfil promises and agreements that it had made with coalition partners, then it would join the cabinet.

It is learnt that the PPP, in a meeting with the PML-N, had finalised names for the cabinet.

CABINET: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, soon after assuming the office, decided to add 12 PML-N MNAs to his federal cabinet, while PPP will get seven slots.

The JUI-F is expected to get three ministries and a state minister portfolio, the MQM-P, the BAP, and the BNP-M is expected to get two ministries each. Independent candidates are also likely to get ministries.

These arrangements had been made before launching move against former prime minister Imran Khan, insiders revealed.


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