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PTI starts lobbying to get opposition leader’s slot – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has formally began canvassing to amass the slot of opposition chief within the Nationwide Meeting after its chairman Imran Khan gave a go-ahead to his deputy Shah Mehmood Qureshi to collect assist of different events for the aim.

A PTI delegation headed by Mr Qureshi will maintain a gathering with the Muttahida Qaumi Motion (MQM) in Karachi on Tuesday to plot a technique to grab the vital workplace from the Pakistan Peoples Get together (PPP) at a time when the subsequent basic elections are just a few months away.

In addition to this, the transfer has come at a time when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has already had a gathering with Opposition Chief Syed Khursheed Shah for session on the appointment of a brand new chairman of the Nationwide Acc­ountability Bureau (NAB).

Get together delegation to fulfill MQM leaders in Karachi on 26th

PTI leaders Asad Umar, Imran Ismail and Firdous Naqvi will accompany Mr Qureshi within the assembly with the MQM leaders.

Speaking to Daybreak, Mr Qureshi stated he had talked to MQM chief Dr Farooq Sattar by the cellphone they usually had agreed to carry a proper assembly on the problem in Karachi on Sept 26. He stated that apart from the MQM management, he had talked to Tariq Bashir Cheema of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and his assembly with PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was additionally anticipated within the subsequent few days.

Mr Qureshi stated the problem had come up beneath dialogue at a high-level occasion assembly presided over by Mr Khan on Friday.

The transfer to vary the opposition chief within the Nationwide Meeting had been initiated by the MQM after the occasion developed variations with the PPP on some points referring to Sindh, particularly Karachi.

There’s a provision within the guidelines and procedures of enterprise of the Nationwide Meeting which allows such a change and it has nothing to do with the Structure. The opposition members, beneath the foundations, are required to easily inform the speaker in writing that they wish to change the opposition chief. The speaker, after verifying that almost all of the opposition members have signed the request, can be sure to appoint the brand new chief of the opposition.

The occasion place within the meeting reveals that Mr Qureshi mustn’t face any problem in getting the vital workplace if the 24 members of the MQM resolve to assist him.

The 32-member PTI can also be anticipated to get the assist of the Jamaat-i-Islami, apart from the assist of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and some independents like Jamshed Dasti for the place.

However, the 47-member PPP will solely have the assist of the 2 MNAs of the Awami Nationwide Get together and one MNA of the Balochistan Nationwide Get together.

Mr Shah may also get the assist of the Qaumi Watan Get together.

Mr Qureshi stated that it was the MQM, not his occasion, which had initiated the transfer to vary the opposition chief. He stated the MQM had fears that the PPP and the PML-N would possibly strike an underhand deal for the appointment of the brand new NAB chairman and the caretaker set-up earlier than the subsequent elections.

“The truth is the MQM, which had supported the PPP to make Khursheed Shah chief of the opposition in the home, is sad and desires to get Mr Shah changed,” he stated, including that it was the accountability of the PPP to maintain the opposition united and intact, nevertheless it had failed to take action.

If the plan succeeds, the PTI may have a big position within the appointment of a brand new NAB chairman as incumbent bureau chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry will full his four-year time period on Oct 10. The brand new chairman is appointed by the prime minister after obligatory session with the opposition chief.

Answering a query, Mr Qureshi stated that apart from the appointment of a brand new NAB chief, the PTI would even have an vital position within the formation of a brand new caretaker set-up (for conducting the 2018 elections) which was shaped in session with the opposition chief and would additionally get the all-important workplace of the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Printed in Daybreak, September 24th, 2017

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