close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

Pakistan

Web Desk
February 20, 2021

Senate polls: Nawaz assures Zardari of PML-N's support for Yusuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan

Web Desk
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

  • Former president Asif Ali Zardari speaks to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regarding senate polls over the phone
  • Zardari, Sharif also discuss the PDM's long march to Islamabad
  • Sources say Yusuf Raza Gilani separately spoke to Nawaz Sharif


Former president Asif Ali Zardari was assured by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif that his party will offer full support to the PDM joint candidate from Islamabad in the Senate polls, Yusuf Raza Gilani, sources informed Geo News.

Nawaz assured Zardari of his party’s support in a telephone call between the two leaders. Sources also said that the former president then told Gilani to speak to the PML-N supremo separately.

Apart from the Senate elections, the two leaders also spoke about the PDM’s upcoming long march to Islamabad.

Gilani had earlier been named as the PDM’s joint candidate from Islamabad.

The PTI had tried to block Gilani's bid for the Senate seat through the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). They had asked the body to reject the nomination papers of the former prime minister on the basis of his earlier disqualification from office.

However, the ECP had rejected the objection raised by the PTI and accepted Gilani's papers.

Gilani has been proposed as a candidate by former PPP prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. His candidature was seconded by former PML-N prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Gilani, who was prime minister from 2008 till 2012, had been removed from office after he was convicted by the SC for contempt of court. The campaign against him had been spearheaded by the PML-N.

The SC had handed down a symbolic punishment lasting less than a minute to Gilani and disqualified him from holding public office.