Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani on Friday announced Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from March 26.
According to a notification issued here on Friday, the chairman declared Gilani as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate following Rule 16 (3) of the Code of Business Conduct.
Gilani, a former prime minister, was recently elected to the Senate after defeating the ruling PTI candidate, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.
On Friday, Gilani, accompanied by Senator Sherry Rehman, arrived at Parliament House and met Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, from whom the nomination papers were submitted. Rehman said the petition was filed with the signatures of a total of 30 senators, including 21 from the PPP, two from the Awami National Party, one from the Jamaat-e-Islami, two from FATA and four independent candidates. From Dilawar Khan’s group. According to reports, Senators Hidayatullah Khan, Hilal-ur-Rehman, Mushtaq Ahmed and Nawabzada Arbab Umar Farooq have been identified.
According to reports, PML-N’s Azam Nazir Tarar has the support of 21 opposition senators, while the JUI-F, which has five senators, did not support any candidate. This development is being dubbed as another ‘failure down punch’ as PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘unconditional’ Maryam Nawaz.
The issue of the Senate opposition leader became a bone of contention in the opposition alliance as both the PML-N and the PPP have been publicly claiming their right to key positions. The PML-N is of the view that the decision to be taken by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from the PML-N was taken by the PDM Committee. Meanwhile, the PPP has admitted that it had earlier agreed to give the post of Leader of the Opposition to the PML-N in exchange for Gilani’s nomination for the post of Senate chairman, but the situation changed after Gilani’s defeat. Was gone
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari insists that the PPP has the right to nominate an opposition leader because it is a political party in the opposition, which has a majority in the Senate. Behind-the-scenes talks are underway between the PPP and the PML-N on the issue of the opposition leader.
On Friday, Sherry Rehman denied the claim that Yousuf Raza Gilani’s nomination was a symbol of the PDM’s funeral, adding, “This is the right of the PPP. We have 21 members.”
Addressing a press conference the next day, Gilani said that the PPP had assured the PDM to contest the Senate elections and that the opinion of the experts who had consulted them after the recent by-elections had given their opinion. The Senate elections will take place even if the opposition resigns from the assemblies. He added that the advantage was that the PDM won every by-election it contested. The former prime minister said that it has always been the position of the PPP that the electoral process should not be abandoned, stressing that “the voice of parliament is the voice of the people of Pakistan and we should not ignore it.” Should. “
Talking about the differences between the PPP and the rest of the PDM, Gilani said that his party had completed all the preparations for the long march and sit-in of the opposition on March 26, but the PDM At a recent meeting of the party, an idea emerged that the long march would be useless without resignations.
“It simply came to our notice then [not misunderstanding but] The difference of opinion is the spirit of democracy, when you agree with the consensus, it is democracy, “he added.
Gilani said that Bilawal was of the view that the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate should be due to being the largest opposition party in the Senate. Gilani said that under the same formula, the PML-N was given the posts of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee.
According to Gilani, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari again approached various PDM leaders on the issue, but they refused to hand over the opposition leader’s office to the PPP. “In this situation, many parties approached us and said it was our right [to hold the opposition leader’s office] … And told Mr. Zardari that we are ready to vote for you, “he added, adding that in subsequent talks, two former members of the JI, ANP, FATA and Dilawar Khan’s group voted for him. “Thus, we got 30 votes and they made me the leader of the opposition. Technically, in the eyes of the people, I have already won the presidency of the Senate. […] But today I was nominated Leader of the Opposition.
Gilani said the PDM had witnessed a “ceasefire” in the last few days and during talks between the PPP, PML-N and JUI-F leadership, it was decided that Opposition will be maintained and statements against each other will not be issued. “So we expect no criticism from the other side. A senior official said that a majority has been formed after taking people from BAP (Balochistan Awami Party). I am telling you, there are two people from FATA. Dilawar Sahib has been in touch with PML-N. He has a group of four independents. Therefore, it is not appropriate to call it ‘government opposition’ and we should refrain from saying this in order to maintain the PDM.
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