Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), who is widely seen as a crucial role in Imran Khan’s removal from his position as prime minister, has stated that his party will not accept any cabinet positions.
Asif Zardari, at a brief press conference held at Parliament House on Saturday, stated that they would prefer that their friends be accommodated first.
When questioned if he intended to place all of the responsibility on Shehbaz Sharif, he responded that such a thing was not his intention. “We want to see friends given a second chance.”
During the same period, the PPP has also issued an invitation to candidates for the National Assembly and provincial assemblies in the next general elections.
Following Zardari’s news conference, prominent leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) began clarifying his words, claiming that he did not imply that the PPP would not be entering the cabinet.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior PPP leader stated that if the PPP wanted to fulfill the commitments and agreements that it had made with coalition partners, it would join the cabinet. According to sources, the PPP and the PML-N met and agreed on a list of individuals for the cabinet to be formed.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has chosen to appoint 12 PML-N MNAs to his federal cabinet, while the PPP will receive seven seats.
After Imran Khan was discharged from power by a vote of no confidence, PM Shehbaz was sworn in as prime minister on April 11 — making him the first prime minister in Pakistan to be ousted through the democratic process.
In the meantime, aside from the PML-N and PPP members, the JUI-F is projected to receive three ministries and a state minister post, while the MQM-P, BAP, and BNP-M are slated to receive two ministries each. According to the sources, independent candidates are also likely to be appointed to ministerial positions.
According to the sources, the MQM-P will be given the governorship of Sindh, the PPP Punjab, the JUI-F Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the BNP-M Balochistan.