Around 70 parties took participation in the elections for the office of Prime minister Secretariat, only six party managed significant popular support for the prime minister candidacy. The elections were broadcast live by the private and government-controlled media, and were general free and fair elections. With the conclusion of these elections, Pakistan returned to democracy and the two-party system was evolved into multi-party system.
More than 70 parties, contested the election, the main parties were the Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Group, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam also called the "King's Party" for its unconditional support to the government, and the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), alliance of six religious political parties. Other known parties contesting at the national level included the six-party National Alliance led by former caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf and Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik.