Elections this time brought forth some shaky results: although PTI was the party that won most seats in the National Assembly, it fell short of the 172 that are required to attain a majority in the NA. PTI did manage to secure 115 in the elections – after this, it needs to form coalitions with independents and other political parties in order to be able to form the government.
In Balochistan, PTI simply banded together with the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the largest in the province (but by a small margin) to form a coalition in the upcoming provincial government. The BAP won 15 seats out of 51 – this required it to form coalitions with other winning parties such as Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Balochistan National Party (BNP), PTI, and independents. The BNP, on the other hand, had been holding talks with PPP and PTI who had offered support. Moreover, the chief minister has already been fielded by BAP – president of the party Jam Kamal Khan Alyani.
With the support of 13 independent candidates who have NA seats and some of PTI’s own, the party had reached 145 members total. To bag nearly 170 seats, it brought in other parties: BAP with four seats, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) again with four, MQM with six, GDA with two, and Awami Muslim League (AML) with one.
The party is claiming it has almost reached the goal of 149 needed to be able to form the government in Punjab. It has accomplished this by joining up with 13 independents out of the 28 that won seats in the Punjab Assembly. Add to this the support of four MPAs-elect and 2 independent MNAs-elect, and PTI almost has a full house. PML-N, winning party in Punjab, who has the support of nine independents under its belt, has been trying to cosy up to the PPP and PML-Q, who have six and eight provincial assembly seats respectively.
While the PML-N is trying to ally itself with the PPP, the latter is not having it. PML-Q is firmly in cohorts with PTI. In fact, some might declare the battle has already been won. But tides can turn at any moment – and collusive politics is an unpredictable game as it is.