Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

Opposition Parties Indecisive on Joint Candidate for Prime Ministers Office


Candidate for Prime Ministers OfficeThe opposition parties held a meeting on Monday to discuss about a joint candidate for prime ministers office, however they couldn’t find a mutual consensus ground on the name of a single candidate.

Since the Panamagate case has resulted in the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain has called a session on National Assembly (NA) today for the election of prime minister.

National Assembly Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik received nomination papers of PML-N’s candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he is currently facing a corruption inquiry of Rs220 billion carried out by National Accountability Bureau.

Abbasi, after submitting the nomination papers said that he would continue with Nawaz Sharif’s policy that he had set in his tenure.

The PML-N’s strategy has been to later vacate the seat of Abbasi and make way for Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take the position if he gets elected in the National Assembly.

Abbasi was very confident about his victory and said that the party would be deciding the cabinet members.

On the contrary, the opposition couldn’t agree upon a mutual name and hence each party supported their own candidates who also have submitted their nomination papers.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) put forward Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid’s name, but could not gain the support of any other party apart from Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid.

The PPP restrained from supporting Rashid since earlier in the day Imran Khan had criticized Asif Ali Zardari and commented that he would pursue Zardari in corruption cases as well.

PPP backed Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chose Kishwar Zehra, while Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) suggested the name of Sahibzada Tariqullah.

PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi defended Sheikh Rashid nomination and said that AML chief deserved the honour of becoming PM as he fought the Panama case on both political and legal fronts along with PTI chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Sirajul Haq.

However, since Haq is a member of the Senate and Imran Khan is not a candidate, the party chose Rashid’s name.

Qureshi and opposition leader Khursheed Shah both expressed hope that the opposition parties would continue to make efforts to agree on a single candidate.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Khursheed Shah both expected the opposition parties to continue making efforts to agree on a single name.

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