Opposition gears up for Senate election

Opposition Leader Malik Sikander claims support of 23 members


Mohammad Zafar December 28, 2018
Balochistan Assembly Leader of Opposition Advocate Malik Sikander Khan addresses a press conference in Quetta. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly Opposition Leader Advocate Malik Sikander Khan has said the opposition will work hard for the victory of their unanimous candidate in the coming Senate election on January 14, 2019. The seat fell vacant after the death of Sardar Azam Musakhel earlier this month.

“The opposition has the support of 23 members of the provincial assembly including Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Nasrullah Zeeray and former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani,” the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

He said 33 votes are required for the victory.

Speaking on the by-election in PB-26 Quetta III, Sikander said his party has nominated Maulana Wali Mohammad Turabi for the contest on December 31.

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He also said Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), PkMAP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and Pakistan Peoples Party have also announced non-conditional support for their candidate.

Sikander thanked the PPP for supporting their candidate in by-poll. He added that “democracy will be stronger after the united opposition’s decision in favour of Turabi”.

The opposition leader said for the national integrity and services of the country all the political parties of Balochistan are united at one platform.

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