Muhammad Umair Alam

Aug 21, 2017
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Alliance and coalition stands out to be one of the most important political tactics. In modern democracy, where people serve as electorate to choose their representatives, political parties often find it inevitable to seek alliance for the sake of forming government or a strong opposition. Pakistan’s democratic setup is not naïve to this basic concept. Consider the elections of 2008 when Pakistan Peoples’ Party sought majority seats in the National Assembly. To strengthen its position farther, it managed to establish a coalition with the Pakistan Muslim League (N) although it did not last long. Contrary to this situation, the elections of 2013 brought absolute majority to PML (N). It needed no coalition or alliance in the parliament and it did not move for it. But, now when the premier Nawaz has been disqualified, his party is showing warm proximity with MQM – a Karachi based party. The timing and nature of this alliance is suspicious for three reasons:

·        The alliance is being established at a time when PML (N) is internally polarized.

·        The alliance marks intention of PML (N) to seek votes of MQM’s Parliamentarian for bringing a successful amendment in the Constitution that can eradicate Article 62 and 63.

·        The alliance might be serving anticipatory need of PML (N) to form coalition government in the coming future.

With these aims at the top of this new scheme, MQM has once again been brought into the streamline after months of violent crackdown against the party in Karachi. 

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