Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has invited leadership of five political parties today (Monday) to devise a joint strategy for the top Senate slots. In a meeting to be held at Zardari House here, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will discuss with the political leadership the upcoming elections for the posts of the chairman and deputy chairman Senate.
Talking to Business Recorder, spokesperson to PPP co-chairman, Senator Farhatullah Babar, said that the party leadership has invited leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A) to the meeting.
According to him, the meeting has been called primarily to devise a joint strategy for the elections. “We would consult the leadership of the invited political parties whether there should be elections for the top Senate slots or there be consensus candidates to elect them unopposed,” he said.
“We would present before the political leaders the numbers that emerged after the recent elections and would try to devise a joint strategy in either case,” Babar said.
To a question, he said that the party leadership so far did not nominate any candidate for both the Senate slots, adding any such decision could be taken after consultations with the leaders of the political parties that have been invited to today’s meeting.
“Without consulting these political parties, we cannot announce our candidates, rather any decision could be taken after due consultation with the like-minded political parties,” he added.
To another question about possible consensus candidates, he said that the meeting would also deliberate upon the proposal with PML-N to elect the chairman and deputy chairman unopposed.
“The political leaders would also discuss as to who will be the consensus candidates if an understanding is reached with PML-N on unopposed elections,” he further said.
Meanwhile, senior PPP leaders including opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Senator Raza Rabbani and Qayyum Soomro reached the residence of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman on Sunday to discus the situation.
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also telephoned Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq and discussed with him the upcoming elections of the Senate chairman and deputy chairman.