ISLAMABAD: An apparent rift has emerged in what at a point seemed like a strong opposition over the probable presidential candidacy.
Maulana Fazl-ur- Rehman with the blessings of PML-N has filed his nomination papers with the PML-N opposing PPP’s pick of veteran lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan.
At first their were reports of a consensus among the grand alliance of opposition parties as they came face to face in Murree on Saturday to field a joint candidate for president as opposition parties had reservations over Aitzaz Ahsan’s nomination, but PPP turned down Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s reservations and stood their grounds to go with Aitzaz’s nomination.
Later on Sunday evening, leaders of both parties, PML-N and PPP, met in the Parliament to try and reach a consensus for fielding a joint candidate but meeting failed to reach any fruitful result.
On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has nominated it’s party member Dr. Arif Alvi for the presidential candidacy.
Members of opposition parties lambasted the Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday for their failure to nominate a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
Addressing a joint press conference, PML-N leader and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal criticised the PPP for failing to end the deadlock and expressed hope that the party will review its decision and prevent the opposition’s vote from splitting.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri thanked the opposition alliance for nominating Maulana Fazl for the post, while regretting the PPP’s lack of support to the opposition’s cause.
Haideri further said that as per the opposition’s calculations, Fazl looked in a position to win the presidential polls.
Terming the PPP’s decision as “shocking”, National Party leader Hasil Khan Bizenjo lamented the failure of the grand alliance to put up a strong front on the matter.
“The way PPP backed out was shocking,” he said. “All the parties had asked PPP to propose another name.”
It was not possible for PML-N to vote for Aitzaz Ahsan, Bizenjo added.
The presidential election is scheduled to be held on September 4.