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Print Print 2024-05-14

NA, Punjab PA: ruling coalition loses two-third majorities

  • PML-N loses 44 seats in three assemblies, while PPP loses 15 seats in four assemblies
Published May 14, 2024

ISLAMABAD: The ruling coalition has officially lost two-third majorities in National and Punjab Assemblies – respectively losing 19 and 27 seats in the two Houses – after the electoral entity finally suspended the legislative memberships of a total 77 lawmakers of the four Assemblies, on reserved seats claimed by Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a week after the Supreme Court suspended the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC’s) verdict against the allocation of reserved seats to SIC.

Consequently, PML-N has lost 44 seats in three Assemblies, PPP has lost 15 seats in four Assemblies, JUI-F has lost 13 seats in two Assemblies—and PML-Q, MQM-P, ANP, PTI-P and IPP have lost one seat each, in the light of a notification issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday, pursuant to the apex court’s May 6 decision.

Of the 77 suspended legislators, 66 were elected on women seats and 11 on minorities’ seats.

Punjab PA: ruling alliance suffers major blow

According to the details, 22 lawmakers, in total, have been suspended on NA seats; 19 women and three minorities. Of them, eleven women-reserved NA seats belong to Punjab and eight from KP.

The development indicates that the strength of ruling coalition that had 224 seats in 336-seat NA has now been reduced to 205 seats after Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have collectively lost 19 seats in NA.

The PML-N alone has lost 14 seats in National Assembly; nine women seats from Punjab, four from KP and one minority seat. PPP has lost five NA seats; two from Punjab and KP each, and one minority seat.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F)-F has lost three NA seats; two from KP and one minority seat.

In Punjab Assembly, the ruling coalition had 261 seats, more than two-third majority in 371-seat House, now reduced to 234 seats, thus losing the two-third majority.

The PML-N lost 23 seats; 21 women and two minority seats in Punjab Assembly. The PPP has lost two seats; woman and minority each, and Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) lost woman seat each.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the JUI-F has lost 10 seats; eight women and two minorities, the PML-N lost seven seats; six women and a minority seat, PPP lost six seats; five women and a minority, and Awami National Party (ANP), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf- Parliamentarians (PTI-P) have lost woman seat each.

And, in Sindh Assembly, PPP has lost two seats; woman and minority, and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has lost woman seat.

If reserved seats are allotted to SIC; its strength would increase to 106 seats in NA, 130 seats in Punjab Assembly and 139 seats in KP Assembly.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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KU May 14, 2024 09:54am
Useless news. People of Pakistan are losing hope amongst rising cost of living, while the govt n Raj enjoy themselves with plunder. The rise in utilities theft by baboos has to stop, before chaos.
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Dr K Azeem May 14, 2024 10:23am
It shows that last general election was hugely rigged. PTI was supposed to be the winner. The current govt should resign and hand over to the PTI after losing these seats.
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