PDM parties ready to accept Gilani as Opp leader in Senate

Fazl rules out possibility of an in-house change: Says PPP wants to return to PDM

By: News Desk      Published: 02:28 PM, 29 Apr, 2021
PDM parties ready to accept Gilani as Opp leader in Senate
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It appears that ice is melting in Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) confrontation with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as opposition parties, part of the alliance, have given signals that they are ready to recognize PPP leader Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani as opposition leader in Senate provided the latter meets some of their conditions, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday. 

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has reportedly said that if PPP, instead of replying in writing, only explains at PDM leaders’ meeting as to why it asked Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) for votes for its candidate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and accepts PDM’s position on the issue then the latter too would recognise Yousaf Raza Gilani as leader of the opposition in upper House of the parliament.

Fazl has further said there is no bar on both PPP and Awami National Party’s (ANP) return to the opposition parties’ alliance. “The alliance is very much intact, and leaders’ summit will be convened after Eidul Fitr,” he said. 

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He claimed that even ANP was not pleased with the PPP for seeking votes from BAP. “ANP had to leave the PDM under duress,” he alleged.  

He said doors were always open for the PPP to return to the opposition parties’ alliance. “And if the party gives explanation, then all stumbling blocks will be removed and the PDM will be on the track again,” Fazl concluded.     

Earlier, Maulana Fazl said the PPP was ready to return to the PDM, and it was only due to the conditions that had been laid down by the alliance that its return had been delayed 

Talking to newsmen, he said that two main opposition parties, PPP and Awami National Party (ANP), were not in the favour of giving resignations from assemblies.  

He, however, said that he had not yet accepted the resignations given by both PPP and ANP from the PDM positions.  

Fazl further said that Shehbaz Sharif would now lead the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the PDM. 

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The JUI-F chief said soon after Eidul Fitr mass contact movement would be launched. He ruled out the possibility of an in-house change in the parliament.

He stressed that political stability was must if the country’s economy was to be revived.   

Fazl was of the view that after the Supreme Court (SC) verdict in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case, there was no moral justification for Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to remain in their offices.   

He argued that Pakistan could only strengthen its position on Kashmir when its economy would be strong. “Weak economy not only affects our foreign policy, but it also has an impact on our defence capabilities,” he opined. 

JUI-F chief said that the opposition parties did harm to themselves by not heeding his advice not to take oath after the 2018 general elections. “If elected members of these parties had delayed oath-taking for some time, situation would have been different today,” he speculated. 

Fazl made it clear that JUI-F was in favour of trade links with India, but for that a strong economy and political stability were the pre-requisites. “In the past, when the country’s economy was strong, late Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had come to Lahore, and we had welcomed him then,” he reminisced.  

JUI-F chief said if Pakistan Army had the capability to fight against India; that was very encouraging.  

Reporter Usman Khan