Presidential elections: MQM decides to back PML-N candidate

PPP leaders meet with PTI chairman to seek support for their Presidential candidate.

APP/web Desk July 25, 2013
The presidential elections are scheduled for July 30.

ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI: Following drawn out consultations within the party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday said it had decided to back the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate for the President, Express News reported.

The MQM’s consultations lasted for nearly two days before arriving at the decision.

The Presidential elections are due to be held on July 30.

PPP woos PTI

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Peoples Party members met with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan to discuss the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for election of the president due to be held on July 30.

The meeting was held here at Imran Khan's  residence and covered a host of issues including uniting opposition and also pondering on the option of boycotting the election in protest to provision of very short time to the candidates for campaigning.

Talking to media, PPP leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that  during the brief meeting, both the parties had detailed discussion upon the issues related to the presidential election.

He said the nation would get good news over the presidential election on Friday after a follow-up meeting between the PPP and PTI.

PPP has nominated Raza Rabbani as its candidate, while the PTI has put forward Justice (retired) Wajihuddin as their candidate for the president's seat.

JUI-F undecided

In what could be a swing vote, the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that his party is yet to decide whom to back in the upcoming Presidential elections.

According to Radio Pakistan, Rehman met with Nawaz on Thursday and said that he will announce his party's decision on Friday.


sohail khan | 10 years ago | Reply

Good decision by MQM to support PMLN candidate. PPP was never sincere with MQM and kept playing and blackmailing them throughout 5 years. PPP used ANP, Lyari gangesters and sindhi nationalists to keep MQM constantly under pressure. MQM should be sincere with PMLN for solving the issues of sindh urban population and not merely solve problem of their leader.

A Pakistani | 10 years ago | Reply

@ Wajahat Your conspiracy theory doesn't work this time around. It's time to forget the past and move ahead to clear Pakistan from multitude challenges.

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