Divided opposition nominates Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan as presidential candidates

  • PPP had to propose three names, however, it stuck to Aitzaz Ahsan, says Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD – The opposition parties, except Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), nominated Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for presidential elections, on Monday.

The MMA leader filed his papers before the Islamabad High Court through party leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri while PML-N’s Amir Muqam is his covering candidate.

Talking to newsmen, former interior minister and PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal expressed that the PPP had agreed to propose three names for the slot, however, stuck to Aitzaz Ahsan’s name later.

He, however, expressed that the leadership of PPP would be contacted again.

Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party leader, Aitzaz Ahsan filed his nomination papers for the presidential elections, confirming a fissure in the ranks of the opposition which had earlier vowed to field a joint candidate.

A deadlock persisted between PML-N and PPP after Asif Ali Zardari stuck to the name of Ahsan despite reservations shown by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz over his candidacy.

Aitzaz Ahsan submits nomination papers for presidential elections

Today is the last day to submit nomination papers for the president slot. The Election Commission of Pakistan has given the candidate till noon today to file nomination papers.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate for the president slot Arif Alvi also submitted his nomination papers for contesting in the presidential vote.

The elections for the post of president will be held on September 4 and voting will be held through secret balloting. The members of Senate, National Assembly, and the four provincial assemblies will be participating in the elections and as per the numbers game, PTI is in a favorable position to elect Arif Alvi as the next president of Pakistan.