ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its coalition partners have decided to nominate Senator Nayyer Hussain Bukhari for the slot of the Chairman and Senator Sabir Baloch from Balochistan for the slot of Deputy Chairman Senate, a statement from the Presidency said.
The names were decided upon during a meeting of heads of allied parties at the Presidency on Saturday night with Co-Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
The nominees will have to stand for election on Monday.
The meeting was attended by Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Senator Tahir Mashhadi, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Munir Khan Orakzai and Engr Shaukat Ullah.
PPP leaders, Syed Khurshid Shah, Senator Nayyar Hussain Bukhari , Leader of House in Senate, Raja Pervez Ashraf, MNA and Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting.
Spokesperson to the President Senator-elect Farhatullah Babar said that the PPP Co-Chairman President Asif Ali Zardari welcomed the allied parties to the meeting and said that the PPP wished to nominate Senator Nayyer Hussain Bukhari for the slot of the Chairman and Senator Sabir Baloch from Balochistan for the slot of Deputy Chairman Senate.
The President urged the coalition partners to support the PPP in electing its nominees for the offices of Chairman and Deputy Chairman. All the allied parties attending the meeting endorsed the suggestion of the President and said that they will support the PPP nominees for these slots.
The allied parties leaders also expressed the hope that both Nayyer Bukhari and Sabir Baloch will be elected unopposed as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively.