Islamabad (Staff Report): The senior leaders of opposition parties held a meeting on Monday 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.
The political leaders said that a grand opposition will issue a white paper over rigging during the elections and meet for an All Parties Conference in two days.
According to sources, political parties in Balochistan will also be taken into confidence over the grand opposition alliance.
On Friday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on Friday held an All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss alleged rigging during the polling on July 25.
PML-N president Shehbaz and JUI-F chief Fazalur Rehman chaired the meeting. Both the leaders spoke to the media after presiding over the APC .
Addressing the press conference after the meeting, MMA chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said many candidates were robbed of their mandate in the election .
He added that the APC has rejected the victory in the polls as the elections were rigged.
Fazl remarked that people who think they have won fairly should know that they have no real power.
“We have sacrificed so much for democracy to prosper in the country, he said.
The MMA chief that said the elected candidates of the parties whose leaders attended the MPC will not take oath.
He further said that they will organise protest demonstrations in different parts of the country till elections are held again.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the parties which didn't attend the APC , would be contacted once again and asked to be a part of their struggle.
PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif said he has requested to be allowed to consult his party over the decision of the APC.