Opposition parties to bring joint candidates for PM, NA Speaker

Opposition parties to bring joint candidates for PM, NA Speaker

Islamabad (Staff Report): The opposition parties have decided to field their joint candidates for the slots of prime minister, Opposition leader, Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly.


A meeting of various political parties including Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Mutihida Majlis Amal (MMA), Awami National Party (ANP) and others was held in Islamabad on Thursday.

Talking to newsmen, Pakistan People’s Party’s Sherry Rehman said all the opposition parties have made a joint strategy.

She said that opposition parties have rejected the rigged elections, however all have decided unanimously to sit in the parliament and fight for democracy.

Sherry further said that it has also been decided to agitate inside and outside the parliament.

“We have formed a working committee that would formulate terms of references (ToRs) for fielding candidates for the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker positions in the National Assembly,” Sherry added.

She further said that it has also been decided to agitate inside and outside the parliament.

“We have formed a working committee that would formulate ToRs for fielding candidates for the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker positions in the National Assembly,” Sherry added.

ANP leader Mian Iftikhar said that their policy is aggressive, not defensive, adding that “the like-minded parties would form the government and not the opposition”.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties also decided to field joint candidates during the by-elections.

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) secured 115 seats in the July 25 general election and claims it has the required numbers to elect the prime minister.

However, the anti-PTI alliance, which secured a combined 120 National Assembly seats, now says it would also go to the National Assembly session in "not a defensive but an offensive mode" to elect its own candidates.

On Monday, The senior leaders of opposition parties also held a meeting and decided to form a grand opposition for formulating a joint strategy on alleged rigging in the July 25 General Election .

Speaking to media after the meeting, MMA chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said those stealing the mandate of masses should be ashamed of themselves.

Former prime minister and Pakistan Peoples (PPP) Yousaf Raza Gilani said that an all parties conference would be held soon, and a strategy would be formulated to take up the issue of rigging.

He added the alliance of these parties will play the role of a strong opposition inside and outside the Parliament.

Senior leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and Awami National Party also attended the meeting.