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PPP wants own candidate as Senate Opposition leader, say sources

ANP and BNP-M — both PDM members — have assured support to PPP in this regard

By Web Desk
March 18, 2021
PPP leader Sherry Rehman speaking to media outside Election Commission of Pakistan's Office in Karachi on February 18, 2021. — PPI/File

PPP wants Opposition leader position in the Senate for its party leader, Geo News reported Thursday, citing sources, despite being a member of the 10-party anti-government alliance after differences between the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) arose two days ago.

Awami National Party (ANP) and Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) — both PDM's members — have assured support to PPP in this regard, sources added.

PPP has 21 votes in the Senate, while ANP and BNP Mengal have two members each in the Upper House. PPP is likely to nominate Senator Sherry Rehman as the Leader of the Opposition, while the party will submit a petition signed by 25 senators to the Senate Secretariat in a few days.

It is pertinent to mention here that PML-N and PPP have had their differences regarding the Senate's Opposition leader, as both parties want the position for themselves.

Meanwhile, the PDM has also faced a setback after PPP demanded more time to consult with the chief election commissioner (CEC) regarding its resignation from assemblies — forcing the Opposition alliance to put off its March 26 long-march.