KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday nominated senator Sherry Rehman for the position of Leader of Opposition in Senate.
If elected, Rehman would be the first female opposition leader in the upper house of parliament.
Bilawal took to Twitter to express hope that Rehman would make history by becoming the first-ever woman to lead the opposition in Senate.
#PPP ready to make history again. We nominate Senator @sherryrehman for the position of Leader of Opposition. InshAllah she will be the first woman to lead the opposition in the senate. Pakistan People’s Party; #WeMakeHistory— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 14, 2018
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is trying to field senator Azam Swati for the post. Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that a meeting between PPP and PTI is expected where they are likely to reach a consensus and finalise the name.
According to Express News, eight senators belonging to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have pledged their support for Rehman and have signed the requisition papers in support.
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After the alliance of the Fata senators, Rehman will be supported by 26 votes in the House.
PPP's Information Secretary Nafisa Shah has confirmed Rehman's nomination.
Senator Rehman, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, would alter Pakistan's history if nominated and elected for the position. If so, Rehman will replace senior party leader Aitzaz Ahsan, who recently retired from the Senate.
Rehman was also federal minister for information and broadcasting from 2008-2009 in the PPP government.
According to sources, the PTI has opposed Rehman's candidature in the upper house. The parliamentary party has suggested to chairman Imran Khan that they should field their own candidate for the slot.
The office of Sherry Rehman has been approached for a comment.