PML-N refuses to vote for Aitzaz as opposition’s presidential candidate

07:24 PM | 21 Aug, 2018
PML-N refuses to vote for Aitzaz as opposition’s presidential candidate
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LAHORE - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has refused to vote Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Aitzaz Ahsan for the post of president of Pakistan.

Chairing a meeting of the party in Lahore, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif rejected Aitzaz Ahsan as opposition’s candidate for president and said that the PPP did not take PML-N into confidence over the matter.

Aitzaz was at the forefront to divide opposition during the 2014 sit-in protest by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against then PML-N government, he said, adding that party will place their own candidate for the race if no consensus is reached with PPP.

It was further decided that presidential candidate would be nominated after consensus and through opposition Alliance. If the PPP fails to develop consensus over it, PML-N will nominate Abdul Qadir Baloch for the slot.

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Alliance of opposition parties will meet in Islamabad or Murree on August 24 to discuss presidential polls.

Moreover, PPP’s senior leaders Khursheed Shah and Raza Rabbani met a PML-N delegation on Tuesday comprising of former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq and Rana Tanveer.

Ahsan Iqbal said that the opposition desires to pitch a joint candidate for the post of president, however, he said that there will be more dialogue between the opposition after Eidul Azha.

Farhatullah Babar of PPP said that Aitzaz Ahsan is not the final candidate, adding that speculations regarding the presidential candidate should be avoided.

A day earlier, Shehbaz was notified as Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly.