The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership has decided to bring Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) leader and former chief minister Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the speaker of the Punjab Assembly.
The PTI leadership agreed to the suggestion as it wants to bring a strong candidate at the position since it leads against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with a slight margin in the provincial assembly.
According to sources, but, if the PML-Q leader agrees, he will have to give up his two National Assembly seats which will bring down the PTI's total count and dent its efforts to form a government in the centre.
Moreover, the PTI leadership has been busy holding meetings with allied parties and independents in a for completing the number game to form provincial and federal governments.
Furthermore, the PTI claims it has gained the support of 17 independents and PML-Q MPAs which, in addition to its own 123 members elected to the house, brings its total tally to 149 members in the present provincial assembly of 295 — enough to form a coalition government.
However, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, whose party gained 127 seats in the provincial assembly, says they have enough MPAs, including independents, to form a government and are not revealing their identities on purpose.
On Monday, a delegation of PML-Q met PTI chief Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence in the federal capital.
In the meeting, PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Asad Umar, Naeem-ul-Haq and others were also present.
The PTI said that seven PML-Q members and one independent expressed support to the party in Punjab. According to a PTI press statement, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain ensured complete support to Imran.
The PML-Q has also rendered support to the PTI in the National Assembly.