PML-N, PPP, MMA Come Together, Seek to Field Joint Candidates For PM, Speaker Slots

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AUG 2, 2018: Various political parties attending the multi-party conference (MPC) in Islamabad have announced they will approach the parliament for the formation of a government at the Center with their own chosen representatives by nominating joint candidates for the prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker’s slots.

As things stand, Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is leading in numbers along with independents and several other parties for forming a coalition government at the Center.

However, PPP, PML-N, MMA reject the election results alleging poll-rigging and seek to challenge the formation of the new setup in a democratic manner within the parliament.

The Thursday meeting held in the wake of alleged rigging during the July 25 elections was attended by a multi-party grouping majorly consisting of PPP, PML-N, MMA and ANP.

Upon conclusion of the meeting, the conference announced that a draft had been prepared outlining the decisions that had been taken by the parties in consensus.

According to the draft prepared by Senate opposition leader Sherry Rehman and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mushahid Hussain, the parties have decided that the prime minister shall be appointed from the PML-N, the speaker of the National Assembly from the PPP and the deputy speaker from the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).

Rehman, while addressing the media, said the parties have already rejected the election results, adding that “the mandate taken by the opposition was rigging-laden”, according to Dawn.

Speaking on behalf of all the parties, she announced they would “fight the puppet government” and lodge a protest within and outside the parliament.

The PPP leader added that the parties would jointly release a white paper within a few days and that a working committee had already been formed for this.

Moreover, Mushahid Hussain said the committee would decide the future course of action and that a meeting in this regard would be held on Friday at Ms. Rehman’s office.

ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain strongly asserted that they are “stepping into the battlefield with the aim of winning” and expressed confidence that they would succeed in forming a government.

MMA general secretary Liaquat Baloch said the parties have all come together to “protect the Constitution and democracy”, adding that they will “carry on the struggle for fair elections”.

“In a first for the country, all the parties have come together to reject the unjust elections,” said PML-N stalwart, Ahsan Iqbal.

While pointing out the PTI government-in-waiting, the former interior minister said: “We would try our best to thwart this puppet government.”

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