Gilani sought the support of the MQM for the upcoming Senate chairman election

Gilani sought the support of the MQM for the upcoming Senate chairman election

The PPP delegation, led by Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, and comprising Naveed Qamar, Nayyar Bukhari and Saeed Ghani, met with MQM parliamentary leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on March 6, 2021. – Photo courtesy of Qasim Gilani

Former PPP leader and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday visited Islamabad with an MQM delegation to seek the party’s support in the upcoming Senate elections.

Gilani is expected to run in the March 12 elections on behalf of the opposition. Deputy Chairman will also be elected on this day.

Talking to media after the meeting, MQM convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said he considered it a “good fortune” for the party that the former prime minister had come to meet him.

He said that when the Rabita (Coordination) Committee meets later today, a decision on the party’s final strategy will be taken.

Gilani, who won the Senate seat from Islamabad after defeating government candidate Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, said a PPP delegation had earlier met the MQM at the provincial level.

“The PPP has done a lot with the MQM in the past,” Gilani said, recalling that when he was prime minister, amendments to the constitution were being discussed. Was helpful.

He said that he was now demanding the MQM to cooperate with the PDM in the name of constitution and law. “We fought the Senate election in a constitutional manner,” he added.

Gilani said that after the Senate elections, there was an “atmosphere of celebration” in the country.

“The vote we got in the Senate election was a vote of confidence against the prime minister,” the PPP leader said, adding: “It is wrong to use the word ‘sell out’ for government representatives.” Who get 500,000 votes. “

“They voted for us who don’t need money,” he said, adding that he regretted that the prime minister was “complaining to members of his own party”.

“It looks like someone has asked the prime minister for a vote of confidence and no one will bother him for six months,” Gilani added.

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