PDM coalition faces a worst blow in CM Punjab elections

PDM coalition faces a worst blow in CM Punjab elections

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari made a final attempt to persuade Pakistan Muslim League–Q Chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain to win his party’s support for Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab chief minister runoff election set to be held on Friday.

After Zardari’s meeting with Shujaat on Tuesday, the latter announced support for PTI-PML-Q joint candidate Pervaiz Elahi, dampening PML-N hopes for Hamza’s reelection.

However, Zardari met Shujaat again on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to secure PML-Q’s support for Hamza.

*SAMAA TV* reported that the PPP co-chairman was to once again request Shujaat to direct his party lawmakers to vote for Hamza instead of his brother. PML-Q has ten MPAs in the Punjab Assembly and is in a position to tilt the balance of power either way.

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q held a meeting in Lahore on the eve of the election.

The participants expressed satisfaction over the number of lawmakers of both parties have gathered at a private hotel in the provincial capital.

On the occasion, Elahi said that the people doing *Changa-Manga* politics (horse-trading) would face defeat.