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PMLN, MQMP reach consensus on seat adjustments in Sindh

By Zubair Ashraf
December 31, 2023

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have reached a consensus on seat adjust-ments in Karachi, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur for the General Election 2024.

The MQM-P will support the PML-N candidates in three National Assembly constituencies in Karachi, namely NA-229 (Karachi Malir-I), NA-230 (Karachi Malir-II) and NA-239 (Karachi South-I), a source privy to the matter told The News on Saturday.

Nawaz Sharif speaks after the PML-N and MQM-P join an alliance for election in this still taken from a video. — X/PmlnMedia
Nawaz Sharif speaks after the PML-N and MQM-P join an alliance for election in this still taken from a video. — X/PmlnMedia

Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur, the PML-N will contest for National Assembly seats, and the MQM-P for Sindh Assembly seats, the source added.

Both parties held three-hour-long talks on Saturday to discuss the seat adjustment formula for the general election scheduled to be held on February 8, 2024.

The MQM-P delegation, including former federal minister Aminul Haque as its head and the party’s coordination committee members Javed Hanif and Hassan Sabir, called on the PML-N team.

The PML-N was represented by the party’s central leader Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Sindh president Bashir Memon and Karachi leader Nehal Hashmi. The source added that both sides decided to support each other on the aforementioned seats and affirmed to continue the talks to discuss other their collabo-ration in other constituencies in the province. However, the decision about seat adjustment on NA-242 (Karachi Keamari-I), where the PML-N wants to field former prime minister Shahbaz Sharif and the MQM-P former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal, remains pending. The source added that both sides will meet again in a few days to discuss the remaining issues.