The opposition divided by the PPP candidate
The opposition divided by the PPP candidate
ISLAMABAD: The prospects for Dr. Arif Alvi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to secure the coveted position of the president lit up on Sunday after the big opposition failed to reach a consensus on the presentation of a joint candidate of the platform of the Pakistan Alliance for free and fair elections for the elections on September 4.
Almost all parties in the newly formed alliance rejected Aitzaz Ahsan of the Pakistan People’s Party as their joint candidate for the office of president. The PPP on the other refused to withdraw its candidate.
Agitated consultations among opposition forces – including the PML-N, the PPP and smaller groups such as the MMA and the Awami National Party – did not bear fruit as the PPP categorically expressed its refusal to abandon its nomination. .
Instead, the PPP Co-Chair, Asif Ali Zardari, put his weight behind Ahsan, sources in the PML-N told The Express Tribune. The stalemate prevailed until the presentation of this report.
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It deserves mention here that the deadline to submit applications for the presidential elections is today (Monday) at 12 (noon). In case the opposition does not present any nomination, Ahsan will be the only candidate of an opposition party against Alvi.
The sources in the PML-N said party leaders have serious reservations about Ahsan’s candidacy, given that the PPP leader remained active in criticizing the leadership of PML-N, particularly the Sharif brothers.
Since the appearance of the Panamagate scandal and the beginning of the subsequent trial against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members, Ahsan remained very critical of the Sharifs, recalls a senior leader of PMI-N.
“He [Aitzaz Ahsan] would hardly forgive the opportunity to attack the leaders of our party, it would be embarrassing for our main leaders if they have to accept the candidacy of a leader like him as a joint opposition candidate to participate in the elections,” he said. the fountain.
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The efforts of the MMA chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who tried to play the role of a “bridge” between the PML-N and the PPP to break the deadlock, could not succeed either.
Fazl tried to persuade the head of the PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif, to accept Ahsan’s candidacy, but the young Sharif refused to accept this demand and passed on to the leadership of the PPP the name of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani or former president of the PPL. Senate Race Rabbani. But it is said that Zardari has refused to consider the suggestion while remaining firm in Ahsan’s nomination.
The sources said that Zardari and his aides face serious corruption and money laundering cases in the courts and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and that they may intend to hire Ahsan for his legal defense, which is the reason why Zardari wants to accommodate Ahsan by nominating him to contest the presidential elections.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, the head of MMA shared his disappointment at the differences in opposition.
“This is unfortunate.” The PML-N is the largest opposition parliamentary party and its leaders believe they have the right to present candidates to participate in the presidential elections.The PPP is not ready to show flexibility since it has already nominated its candidate. ”
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Upon inquiry, Maulana Fazl confirmed that he led a delegation to meet with the head of PML-N, urging him to accept Ahsan’s candidacy, but he refused. “But in politics, things kept changing, let’s see what happens, so far, things are very disappointing.”
A senior MMA leader, who requested anonymity, said the PML-N has transmitted to the PPP that it is ready to accept the candidacy of any other PPP leader other than Ahsan.
Khursheed Shah, on the other hand, spoke in favor of Ahsan. He said that the PML-N was not opposed to Ahsan’s nomination at the Multiparty Conference.
“He is not only the candidate of the PPP, but he is the candidate of all Pakistan.” His unrivaled professional credentials make him a personality of international prestige, “Shah said in a video message.
He urged the PML-N and other opposition parties to “draw lessons from the past and unite for the betterment of democracy.” The leaders of PML-N are very mature. They know that the party has been going through warm waters, together we must work to face the challenges. ”
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On Saturday, a MPC of the opposition parties convened in Murree by the PML-N call failed to forge a consensus on the nomination of the joint candidate for the presidential election since the PPP adhered to the name of Ahsan.
After the MPC, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal told the media that the opposition parties were working to agree on a joint candidate for the presidential elections.
To his shame, Qamar Zaman Kaira of PPP interrupted the Iqbal media talk to make it clear that Ahsan was still the PPP candidate for the presidential election.
“We have agreed in principle to present the joint candidate for the office of president,” Iqbal told reporters before being interrupted by Kaira.