Hamza Shehbaz hints at joining hands with PPP, PML-Q in Punjab against PTI

03:19 PM | 27 Jul, 2018
Hamza Shehbaz hints at joining hands with PPP, PML-Q in Punjab against PTI
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LAHORE - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is struggling to continue its rule in Punjab for the next five years, has decided to approach rival parties to restrain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from forming its provincial government.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz said that his party emerged as the largest party in Punjab by bagging 129 seats. He added that 27 independent candidates can also be recruited for forming the provincial government.

The son of former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif said that they will also talk to Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), besides vowing to rule Punjab.

He recalled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gave chance to the PTI for making government in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding, “I want to tell all Constitutional institutions that the government in Punjab will be made by PML-N”.

He warned of strong reaction if the PML is barred from making the government. Hamza alleged their mandate was stolen through pre-poll rigging, adding that they will expose the reality.

Talking about Imran Khan’s victory speech, he said that the PTI chief will have to show performance after assuming the power.

According to the statistics released by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the results for as many as 294 seats of the provincial assembly are out with Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz leading the race by securing  127 seats.

The second party in line is Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which has secured 122 seats of the provincial assembly.

The independent candidates fall third in the race who have gained 29 seats becoming the swing factor in the elections.

Pakistan Muslim League has defeated the opponents on 7 seats of the contest for the provincial assembly with Pakistan Peoples Party garnering 6 seats.

Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Pakistan Awami Raj secured single seat of the assembly that represents over 110 million.