PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman spoke over the phone to discuss the country’s political situation after PML-N’s humiliating defeat in the Punjab by-elections held a day ago.
Citing sources, Geo News reported on Monday that the three leaders have reportedly agreed that a detailed plan of action will be adopted in consultation with other allies.
Nawaz, Zardari and Maulana Fazal reviewed the results of the Punjab by-elections and discussed the future strategy of the coalition government in Punjab and the centre.
In Sunday’s Punjab by-polls, the PTI bagged 15 of the 20 constituencies up for grabs in the province.
The clear victory of PTI in the Punjab by-polls has turned around the number game in the Punjab Assembly, with Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi now most likely to replace Hamza Shehbaz as the new chief minister of the province in the coming days.
Almost all the politicians who joined the PML-N and voted for Hamza lost to the PTI candidates.
PML-N won four seats and the remaining one seat went to an independent candidate, apart from PTI’s 15 seats.
Before the by-polls, the PTI and PML-Q had already jointly attained the strength of 173 (163 of PTI and 10 of PML-Q). Now, with 15 additional seats, this strength has reached 188 whereas the figure for the simple majority stands at 186. This means the PTI and PML-Q have crossed that landmark.
One independent MPA will likely be part of the new ruling coalition