Opposition parties meet in Murree Today to settle on joint presidential candidate

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N has convened an All Parties Conference in Murree today to hold consultations regarding the nomination of a candidate for the presidential election.


PPP, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), Awami National Party and other party leaders have been invited to the conference, Radio Pakistan reported.

The 11-party grand opposition alliance’s consultative meeting will be chaired by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif at his residence in Murree; the alliance includes Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Awami National Party, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party, Qaumi Watan Party and Pak Sarzameen Party.

The PPP delegation will comprise Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Khursheed Shah, Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan and Senator Sherry Rehman.

According to sources, PML-N will propose fielding a joint opposition candidate instead of Aitzaz Ahsan, who has been nominated by the PPP to contest the presidential election, as PML-N holds reservation over Mr. Ahsan’s nominations.

The alliance will also mull over fielding a joint opposition candidate for Senate chairman and opposition leader, sources continued.

Further, strategy for demonstrating a strong protest over alleged rigging in the July 25 polls outside Parliament House will likely to be devised, sources added.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has nominated it’s party member Dr. Arif Alvi for the president candidacy.

The Presidential election is scheduled to be held on September 4.




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