A group of PML-Q Senators, opposed to the coalition with the PPP, chose to remain in the opposition and have begun consultations with other political parties about the appointment of a new opposition leader in the Senator. The former opposition leader, Waseem Sajjad, has now joined the treasury benches after the PML-Q’s alliance with the PPP.
Senator Tariq Azim of the PML-Q headed a meeting of senators from the PML-N, the JUI-F and the PML-Q (Likeminded Group) as well as senators from Fata. In attendance at the meeting was PML-N leader Senator Ishaq Dar. The group discussed ways to coordinate strategies on creating a joint opposition in the upper house of Parliament.
One of the participants of the meeting told The Express Tribune that initially they discussed the idea of nominating a new leader of the opposition in the Senate. They would meet again on Wednesday where they would invite MNAs also to discuss the possibility of forming a joint opposition in the parliament.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2011.
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