Opposition parties fail to agree on a joint candidate for PM slot

Published: July 31, 2017
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The parliamentary leaders of opposition parties meet on Monday. PHOTO: Express/Screengrab

The parliamentary leaders of opposition parties meet on Monday. PHOTO: Express/Screengrab

The parliamentary leaders of opposition parties in their meeting on Monday failed to agree on a joint candidate for the prime minister’s slot.

They met in the room of the opposition leader in the National Assembly and the names that were considered for the post included that of Pakistan People’s Party’s Khursheed Shah and Sherry Rehman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s Pervaiz Elahi, Muttahida Quami Movement’s Sheikh Salahuddin, Tariq Bashir Cheema and Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Sherpao.

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Before the meeting Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sheikh Rashid separately met with Khursheed Shah. However, they were unable to address the PPP’s reservations over PTI chief Imran Khan’s statements against its party leader Asif Ali Zardari.

The opposition parties will hold another meeting on Tuesday to try to reach a consensus on a joint candidate.

The PTI has proposed the name of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as opposition candidate in the August 1 election for successor of Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday from holding any public office.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Sam
    Jul 31, 2017 - 5:17PM

    While credit to Imran Khan is there for having Nawaz Sharif removed, if he needs to move towards enough strength to make a government, he would need to be inclusive and not polarizing. Sheikh Rashid is a PTI affiliate and not a uniting figure. Irman should agree on someone other than the PPP, his own PTI, or his affiliate Sheikh Rashid. Bring a more neutral candidate. An unknown would be ok for this, since there is no way they will win the PM slot of course.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 31, 2017 - 6:09PM

    Imran did the best thing. If nominates or votes for PPP candidate why should we vote for Imran. As PPP is best known for its corruption.Recommend

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