The PPP, although aligned with the PML-N-led government, has different views regarding the timing of the general elections and the status of two 2023 amendment bills. There’s ongoing discussion about the growing rift between the PPP and the security establishment after the assemblies’ dissolution.
Reportedly, key officers’ transfers in Sindh during the caretaker government’s term have displeased the PPP. A senior PPP leader questioned the selectivity of these transfers. Notably, Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar, proposed by the PPP, was suggested as the caretaker Sindh chief minister. Unconfirmed reports indicate that about 60 individuals affiliated with PPP’s Sindh government or beneficiaries have been added to the no-fly list during the caretaker tenure. Moreover, a minister from the provincial government received a notice from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Analysts cite various reasons for the PPP’s policy shifts. Some claim influential parties were displeased with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s statements regarding the non-release of Sindh’s flood funds and the budget. Zardari also expressed reservations about the policies of senior political figures towards the establishment. There are concerns about the potential repercussions for the PPP if amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 are overturned by the Supreme Court. There’s speculation about how PPP will address reconciliation or resistance challenges.
Experts opine that the political landscape could shift if the PPP and PTI come together to push for general elections within 90 days. This move would exert significant pressure on the judiciary regarding elections in September, raising questions about how the establishment might respond.