Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) withdrew its nominations for the post of speaker and deputy speaker in the National Assembly after talks with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), reported Express News on Monday.
PPP had nominated Mirpur Khas’ Nawab Yousuf for the speaker’s post. Ghulam Rasool Koreja, elected from Rahim Yar Khan, was contesting for the post of deputy speaker.
Contesting candidates submitted their nomination papers on Sunday, which were declared valid after scrutiny.
Four political parties had nominated candidates for the positions of speaker and deputy speaker, PPP, Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI), PML-N and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
PPP has 39 members in the National Assembly, whereas PTI has a strength of 35 seats. A total of 23 members from MQM will sit in the house.
According to sources, PPP wanted to give PML-N a chance to bring an unopposed speaker, deputy speaker and leader of the house. However, their plan failed as PTI and MQM were not in favour of the move, forcing the former ruling party to field its own candidates for the posts.