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After a tight competition with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has finally attained the required number of seats to form government in both the Center and Punjab. Party spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry addressed media persons on Monday and made it clear that his “party is now in a position to form government”. Mr Chudhary said that his party has the backing of 168 out of the nearly 328-330 member in the National Assembly. Out of the house of 342, Chaudhry noted that around 10 seats would be vacated by candidates successful from more than one constituency, and that the remaining two seats had had their elections postponed.
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Moreover, the numbers are to be secured with the help of independents (seven seats), MQM-Pakistan (six seats), PML-Q (four seats), the Balochistan Awami Party (two seats) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (two seats).
PTI to rule in Punjab, says Fawad Ch.
PTI has also successfully gained the backing of MPAs-elect to form government in the province, said party spokesperson. According to media reports in a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan, MPAs-elect Saeed Akbar Niwani from PP-90 Bhakkar, Ameer Muhammad Khan from PP-89 Bhakkar and Fida Wattoo from Bahawalnagar had announced they would lend their support for the PTI, a press release by the party’s Central Media Department said.Abdul Hai Dasti from PP-270 Muzaffargarh, who had announced his support for PTI on Sunday also met Khan.
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The PTI originally won 129 seats from Punjab but, later on, independents decided to join the party which increased the number of PTI’s seats in the assembly.
PML-Q joins PTI:
The leader of PML-Q MoonisElahi tweeted and said that his party has decided to back PTI in this critical situation. #PMLQ leadership met @ImranKhanPTI and other members of PTI team. We have decided to support them for betterment of #Pakistan as our country is passing through a critical time.