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The inside story of the meeting revealed that the PML-N officially proposed a coalition government to the PPP.

In a significant development following the February 8 elections, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have explored the prospect of adopting a power-sharing formula, deliberating on the appointment of prime ministers from their parties for half of a five-year term.

The idea of appointing a prime minister for half the term was discussed during their initial meeting on Sunday, aimed at forming a coalition government in the Centre and provinces, sources familiar with the matter revealed.

This power-sharing arrangement mirrors the approach taken by PML-N and National Party (NP) in Balochistan back in 2013, where two chief ministers from the respective parties held office for half of the five-year term.

The meeting, which took place at Bilawal House in Lahore, saw the presence of key figures from both parties, including PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif from the PML-N.

A joint statement issued after the huddle highlighted the commitment of both parties to prioritize the nation’s interests and well-being above everything else. The leaders engaged in substantive discussions on various political strategies and the imperative of collaborative efforts for the betterment of the country.

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The inside story of the meeting revealed that the PML-N officially proposed a coalition government to the PPP, and discussions also included the possibility of appointing prime ministers from each party for half of the five-year term.

Furthermore, both parties have agreed in principle to form coalition governments in the Centre, Punjab, and Balochistan, with discussions revolving around devising a five-year roadmap in alignment with the Charter of Democracy signed between the two parties in 2006.

The meeting between PML-N and PPP came on the heels of a similar discussion between PML-N and MQM-Pakistan, where both parties agreed on political cooperation for the formation of future governments. Despite some conflicting reports, the discussions signal a step towards political stability and collaboration in Pakistan’s evolving political landscape.