Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: The way for PTI Chief Imran Khan to PM House is now clear and there is no confusion in this regard as few day honeymoon of opposition parties is now over and two major parties PPP and PML-N have distanced over the issue of nomination for premiership. The nomination of Shahbaz Sharif for this portfolio is not acceptable to PPP whereas PML-N has categorically refused to change the candidate.
According to political observers, with the opposition alliance in disarray over the nominee of the new prime minister, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s victory as the new prime minister ofthe country looks almost certain. Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif will battle for the country’s highest office on August 17 as the nomination papersfor the two top leaders were accepted. He will take oath on following day Saturday 18th August.
ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan shaking hand soon after taking oath at the National Assembly on Monday and PPP Co-Chairperson extended greeting to PTI Chief. According to political observers, the picture itself shows the future political line of action and re-emerging arch rivalry between PPP and PML-N hints towards uncertain situation beyond imagine.
Imran’s nomination papers were submitted on Wednesday by Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid. Shehbaz’s papers were accepted on Thursday and were submitted by Khawaja Asif. The fissure in the opposition alliance erupted when Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)refused to vote forthe PML-N president as the opposition’s candidate for the leader of the house (prime minister). The rift has since widened and the effect has spilt over to the upper house of the parliament where the PML-N has threatened to launch a no-confidence motion against incumbent SenateChairman Sadiq Sanjrani, who is backed by the PPP. In a statement issued on Thursday, the PPP confirmed that they will abstain from voting during the election ofthe next premier tomorrow.
The decision was taken by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto at a meeting of the party, which was also attended by former president Asif Ali Zardari. The PPPhad asked the PML-N to replace its candidate but the PML-N has so far remained adamant that Shehbaz will be their candidate. Earlier, former opposition leader and PPP leader Khurshid Shah had also confirmed that his party will not vote for the PML-N candidate.
Another PPP provincial lawmaker had earlier said that the party would only be sharing opposition benches with the PML-N and would not support the PMLN chief ministerial candidate either. PML-N Secretary Information Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said that his party had submitted the nomination papers of party president and now it is up to the PPPleadership to vote forthe PML-N candidate as per the decisions taken by the joint action committee of the alliance.
When asked to comment over the reservations expressed by Bilawal, Mushahidullah Khan said that if Bilawal has to take decisions on behalf of the PML-N, then he should empower Shehbaz Sharif to take decisions for the PPP. Mushahidullah warned that ifthe PPP did notsubmit to the decisionstaken by the alliance, then the PML-N may move to replace Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. While Asad Qaisar secured victory over hisrivalforthe election ofthe speaker with a margin of 30 votes, Qasim Khan Soori won by a margin of 39 votes against his rival from opposition benches.