President Ghulam Ishaq Khan began a second day of talks Wednesday with political leaders in a bid to determine who should form the nation's next government following inconclusive parliamentary elections last week.
Officials said Ishaq Khan would meet Wednesday with leaders of smaller political parties and independent groups following discussions Tuesday with opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and the head of a government-backed alliance.The meetings were arranged to help the president decide who should form the next government following the inconclusive Nov. 16 elections.
Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party gained the largest number of National Assembly seats in the elections, finishing ahead of the goverment-backed Islamic Democratic Alliance. But it failed to secure an absolute majority.
Bhutto, however, maintains she has the support of enough independents and small parties to form a government.
The president is to appoint a prime minister from whichever party he believes can command a majority in the lower house of Parliament.
Bhutto, the 35-year-old daughter of hanged Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is bidding to become the first woman leader of a Moslem nation and the youngest prime minister of Pakistan, which has been under military rule for more than two-thirds of its 41-year history.
Bhutto was greeted by thousands of cheering supporters when she arrived at Islamabad airport from the southern port of Karachi Tuesday evening. She went immediately to a meeting with the president.