PTI reaches magic number to elect PM, take the centre

August 1, 2018

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has achieved the ‘magic number’ of 138 out of 272 to form the government in the center and have its choice of prime minister elected.

It made this number after working the crowd of independents. It also did some hard work on getting the support of other political parties.

The PML-Q, the MQM, the Balochistan Awami Party and the Grand Democratic Alliance are backing the PTI in the National Assembly.

Any political party needs 137 members in Parliament’s lower house to have a simple majority so that it can elect a prime minister and form the federal government.

The PTI won 121 out of 272 National Assembly seats in July 25 general election. It had to bump the figure up to 138.

The Imran Khan-led party also aims to form the government in KP and Punjab.

Imran Khan has been continuously consulting his party leaders, as more independent elected representatives announced on Wednesday that they were joining the PTI.

The PTI is eyeing the chief minister’s slot in Punjab where it has won 123 out of 371 assembly seats.

At least 149 seats are needed for it to form the government in the Punjab.

The PTI is being backed by the PML-Q and independents here. People say the party has gained the support of 147 lawmakers here.

Twenty-four out of 29 independents in Punjab have so far joined the PTI, so it says it doesn’t need the support of the PPP or PML-N in the province.

The PTI is also likely to join the government in Balochistan.

The Balochistan Awami Party, which has won 18 out of 51 assembly seats, has announced it will include the PTI in its government.

The BAP enjoys the support of the Hazara Democratic Party, the Awami National Party, the Balochistan National Party (Awami) and many independents. It will form a coalition government.

The BAP is close to getting a simple majority in the house.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI took a clear lead over rival parties.

It won 66 out of 99 assembly seats. So the PTI has a simple majority and will be able to get its choice of chief minister elected.

The results on 14 seats in KP are awaited.