In a surprising, unprecedented move, Asif Ali Zardari, the former president of Pakistan and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), expressed his support for forming electoral alliances among political parties in preparation for the general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Asif Ali Zardari, speaking at a press conference in Sindh’s Ghotki district, Zardari openly welcomed the idea of different political parties, including potential opponents like the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), joining forces in Sindh.
Despite the possibility of PML-N allying with parties like the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI-F), Zardari appeared confident in the PPP’s position. He stated that his party would remain committed to the principles of its founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and seemed unfazed by the potential electoral challenge.
Political Maneuvering and Alliance Building in Sindh
Recent political developments have seen the PML-N appoint Bashir Memon, a former Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency and head of the JIT investigating Zardari, as its Sindh president. This move adds complexity to the political dynamics in Sindh, where opposition parties actively engage in seat adjustments to mount a robust challenge against the PPP. A meeting between MQM-P and Nawaz Sharif in Lahore culminated in an official electoral alliance, with a joint committee formed to develop a charter for addressing Sindh’s challenges.
In his media interaction, Zardari discussed various topics, including the PTI government’s removal, emphasizing that it was due to performance issues rather than power-seeking motives. He also touched upon the Palestinian issue, expressing regret over Pakistan’s limited involvement and recalling his advocacy for the Palestinian cause. Zardari stressed that the PPP’s primary focus during its tenure was on national betterment and economic development.