Fazlur Rehman once again asks PPP to withdraw presidential candidate

ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman asked Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to withdraw his presidential candidate ‘for the unity of opposition parties’.

The MMA leader was addressing a press conference following a meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif at his model town residence.
PML-N leader was also accompanying him during the press conference.

He said that the PPP paved way for Imran Khan to become prime minister by not voting in the leader of the house election. “PPP is giving PTI a chance to get their candidate elected again,” he added.

Fazl said that he has been nominated as presidential candidate by all opposition parties except the PPP. “We will try to have consensus over a joint opposition candidate,” he said.

The joint opposition’s candidate said that he has cordial relation with Zardari adding he would request the PPP co-chairman to withdraw the party’s candidate “for the unity of opposition parties”.

PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz Sharif said that the opposition will put its maximum effort for success in the presidential election.

“We will convince all the opposition parties to support Fazl,” the PML-N leader said.

A PPP delegation campaigning for the presidential election reached Lahore earlier today.

The delegation includes senior party members including former opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Aitzaz Ahsan, Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, and Qamar Zaman Kaira.

The delegation is expected to hold meetings with PPP MNAs and leaders of other parties in Lahore.

The presidential election will be held on September 4. PTI has named Arif Alvi as its candidate, while PPP’s candidate is Aitzaz Ahsan. Five parties of the opposition have selected JUI-F leader Rehman as their candidate for the election.