This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Pakistan Muslim League (N) has undoubtedly won the general elections in Pakistan and is now preparing to form the national government. PML-N has also received majority votes in the largest province of Pakistan and will form the ruling government in Punjab. Experts indicate that PML-N might also form government in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if it is successful in taking a few other parties on board.
A prolonged meeting of the core committee of PML-N headed by the party chief Nawaz Sharif is been held at his Jati Umra residence. Certain top level bureaucrats have also joined in to help the party sketch its future plan.
It is expected that PML-N will form solo government in Punjab as it won the elections by a solid two-thirds majority. PML-N has won 130 National Assembly seats and it only requires six more seats to form a government. PML-N would most likely flock the independent seat winners to its side which will leave no room for any other party to become its ally. However, Nawaz Sharif is more prone towards forming a government with PML-F and Baloch nationalists to give an impression that the government represents more than just one province.
On the other hand, the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rather more interesting. Reportedly, PML-N is considering forming a coalition government in the province which will curb the second largest party, PTI, and force them to sit in the opposition despite winning a considerable number of seats in the province. PML-N is keenly interested in forming K-P government as it fears strong resistance from PTI on major federal issues including war on terror.