PPP hints at coalition govt with MQM, JUI
Islamabad, Nov 15: The Pakistan Peoples Party after merging as largest party in Gilgit-Baltistan legislative polls has hinted at formation of government in coalition with
Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F).
“MQM and JUI-F are already in coalition with PPP at federal level, so we look forward to join hands with them in Gilgit-Baltistan too,” Syed Mehdi Shah, President Pakistan Peoples Party Gilgit-Baltistan, said.
He said both JUI-F and MQM have won two seats each while PPP has now total 12 members elected after Abdul Hamid Khan, an independent candidate declared winner at LA-13, Astore-1, announced to join PPP on Saturday.
“Besides, two other independent candidates are also in contact with us and hopefully they will announce our support soon,” Shah said.
He said final decision for coalition with any political party or nomination of maiden chief minister of the GB would be taken by the central PPP leadership during central executive committee (CEC) meeting scheduled on Monday.
Meanwhile, PPP leader denounced allegations of rigging in the November 12 elections saying that,” neither any influence nor the state machinery was used by PPP during the polls. If we had done this then we had all 24 seats of the assembly in our hands. You see there is distributed outcome, which proves transparency of the election process,” said Shah.
He said that PPP has won seven of total nine Legislative Assembly (LA) seats in Baltistan region while others came from Gilgit areas.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 15 Nov 2009 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 15 Nov 2009 18:30:00 GMT
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