Pakistan: Opposition parties form grand alliance
Opposition parties agree to field joint candidate for elections of prime minister, parliament’s speaker
By Islamuddin Sajid
The opposition parties in Pakistan on Thursday announced to form “Grand Opposition Alliance” against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which emerged as the single largest party in July 25 elections.
The grand alliance has decided to nominate joint candidates for the election of prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament, Sherry Rehman, opposition leader in the Senate, told reporters in the country’s capital Islamabad.
The alliance include Pakistan Muslim-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, National Party Balochistan, Qaumi Watan Party and Pak Sarzameen Party.
“Opposition parties would support PML-N candidate for premiership, while PPP will field its candidate for speaker and MMA will nominate its candidate for deputy speaker slot,” Rehman told media.
Ahsan Iqbal, a central leader of the PML-N, said the parties have also agreed to protest inside and outside the parliament against the “rigged and manipulated” elections.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.