Pakistan’s old guard parties near deal to thwart Imran Khan
February 12, 2024 - Pakistan’s two main family-controlled political parties are drawing closer to forming a coalition government that would shut out jailed ex-PM Imran Khan’s supporters.
The parties of the Sharif and Bhutto clans “agreed in principle to save the country from political instability,” according to a statement posted on X last night by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif.
The scenario would be a closing of ranks by Pakistan’s old guard after Khan’s loyalists – running as independents – defied the odds with a strong performance in Thursday’s election, showing the public’s enduring support for Khan and disillusionment with the status quo. It could also lead to more protests and unrest across the country, Bloomberg said.