MURREE: An All Parties Conference (APC) of the opposition chaired by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ( PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif is underway in Murree.
The meeting is being held at the Kashmir Point residence of the party’s supreme leader Nawaz Sharif. It is holding consultations to bring a joint candidate of the opposition for the elections of the president to be held on September 4.
The participants of the meeting expressed grave concerns regarding PPP and complaint of the party’s withdrawal from premier elections and deciding against voting in favour of Shehbaz Sharif.
Leaders of 11 opposition parties including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) , Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Awami National Party (ANP), Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and others are attending the session.
PML-N leaders Abdul Qadir Baloch, Ameer Muqam, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Sardar Ayaz SAadiq, Ahsam Iqbal among other are present in the meeting.
Yousaf Raza Gillani and Khurshid Shah are leading the PPP delegation which includes Sherry Rehman, Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira and others.
Similarly, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Liaquat Baloch, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi and Maulana Awais Noorani from MMA are participating in APC.
PPP seeks support for Aitzaz
PPP is seeking support of other parties for its candidate Aitzaz Ahsan for the top slot.
A consultative meeting of the PPP headed by ex-opposition leader in NA Khurshid Shah was held earlier which was attended by Mian Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Sherry Rehman, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Chaudhry Manzoor.
Shah also held telephonic contacts with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Hasil Bizenjo and Mehmood Achakzai.
PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq also made efforts in this regard as he communicated with Maulana, Shah, Asfand Yar and others over the issue. The party is considering five names including Sartaj Aziz, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Abdul Qadir Baloch.
PPP leader Aitzaz has termed the demand of PML-N’s Pervez Rasheed regarding apology from Nawaz Sharif as ‘non-serious’.
Rasheed had earlier said that PML-N would consider supporting Ahsan for the post of president “if he visits Adiala jail and apologises to Nawaz Sharif for his remarks”.
Joint NA session for presidential election
Speaker National Assembly (NA) Asad Qaiser has summoned meeting of members of parliament on September 4 in Islamabad for election of new President of Pakistan.
The meeting will be held at Parliament House at 10:00 am.
The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has given name of Arif Alvi for the slot of president while grand opposition has also accelerated contacts to field joint candidate in the election.