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May 24, 2013

Nawaz will face 100-strong opposition in NA

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Web Desk
May 24, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The numerical strength of the opposition parties in the 342-member National Assembly, put together, will cross the 100 mark with the inclusion of the reserved women and minority seats.
This tally will further swell by at least a dozen members if Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulemae Islam (JUI) also decides to sit on the opposition benches. For the time being, it is
more tilted towards PML-N, to get a suitable share in the federal and Balochistan governments.
It is not yet precisely known whether the three Jamaat-e-Islami members of the National Assembly (MNAs) will be part of the opposition or treasury benches. It is an active member of the next ruling coalition in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). If it opts to join hands with the PTI at the federal level, the numbers of the opposition parties will further go up.
By having some 40 plus MPs, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will become the single largest bloc among the opposition parties. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will add 20 plus seats while the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and Awami National Party (ANP) will contribute two members each.
Simultaneously, the PTI and one member each of the Awami Muslim League and Aftab Sherpao’s Qaumi Watan Party will make up around 40 opposition members of their opposition group.
The twelve Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs) MNAs are divided this time with some having already sworn loyalty to the PML-N. Others may like to be counted as opposition members.
The other parliamentary groups including the PML-Functional, Pukhtunkhwa Awami Milli Party, National Peoples Party (since merged in the PML-N), and one-seat parties like Balochistan National Party, PML-Zia, National Party etc., will side with the PML-N.
There is hardly any doubt left anywhere now that the next leader of opposition in the National Assembly will come from the PPP, which has emerged as the single largest opposition party.

It surpasses the PTI and its allies too much if the strength of its partners like the MQM is also added.
Although the combined opposition force makes a formidable power, it is deeply split for obvious reasons. The main impediment in its unity is PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s firm stand, taken before the May 11 general elections and during the poll campaign, never to break bread with the PPP and its allies on the one hand and the PML-N on the other because they, in his words, are looters and plunderers, who have brought Pakistan to the present sorry state.
The high tension caused between the PTI and MQM by recent events further dampens prospects of any likely cooperation in the two opposition blocs. But still there is a possibility that they may collaborate on a minimum mutually agreed agenda as issues will crop up, forcing a unified stance, or case to case basis when the National Assembly will hold its sessions as there are no permanent political friends and foes.
Top PTI leaders have repeatedly declared that their parliamentary group would work and prove to be the real opposition and not a friendly force, overshadowing the PPP and its allies.
Of the total 60 reserved women’s seats in the National Assembly, thirty-five will be elected by the MNAs, who have returned from Punjab; fourteen would be picked up by the MPs belonging to Sindh; eight will be chosen by members hailing from the KPK and 3 from Balochistan. Parliamentary parties will get the share from these special seats in proportion to the number of their MNAs. In addition, there will be ten minority seats.
While the PPP will not get even a single woman seat from Punjab, KPK and Balochistan, it will secure most seats from Sindh. The PML-N will clinch most seats from Punjab, and a couple each from KPK, Sindh and Balochistan. The PTI will bag a couple of women’s seats from Punjab, most seats from the KPK and none from Sindh and Balochistan. The MQM will get a good number of seats from Sindh while PML-Functional is expected to get a couple of seats from there. The JUI will bag a couple of seats each from KPK and Balochistan. The PML-Q and ANP will get no female seat from any province.