'Will take PDM in confidence on becoming Leader of the Opposition': Yousaf Raza Gillani

PDM nominates Yousaf Raza Gilani as joint candidate for Senate chairman polls

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Democracy Movement (PDM) nominated the newly elected Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Said Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday to join in the upcoming election for the chairman of the Senate.

A meeting of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was held in the federal capital under the chairmanship of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The meeting was attended by Pakistan People s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz among others.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao, Usman Kakar, newly elected Senator Sajid Mir, ANP s Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervez Ashraf also participated in meeting.

Matters pertaining to the proposed candidates of joint opposition for the forthcoming elections of the Senate Chairman and deputy Chairman came under discussion during the meeting, while situation arising after PM Imran’s vote of confidence and over all political situation were also discussed.

Sources said that the matters regarding anti-government movement of the 11-party opposition alliance and in-house change in Punjab were also reviewed in the huddle.

Bilawal Bhutto said in a speech on the occasion that the election of the chairman of the Senate will be held within four days. We hope that our candidate will win the election of the chairman of the Senate to win another victory, adding that the PPP is committed to PDM’s roadmap.

At the same time, sources said that issues related to the anti-government movement of the 11-party opposition alliance and internal changes in Punjab have also received attention.

The source said that the PDM committee’s recommendations have also been put forward at the meeting. According to the proposal, the Long March parade will begin with a public rally in Karachi on March 26.

All parades will arrive in Islamabad at 3 pm on March 30.

According to the recommendations, all parties should be mobilized to bring in as many people as possible. A central camp will be set up in Faizabad to welcome the participants. Camps will be set up at Rawat Chowk, Chungi No 26, Bara Kahu and other important places. The parties will organize their processions separately.

The recommendations further stated that, all parties will bear their own expenses. The senior leadership of PDM should immediately visit all the four provinces. A joint poem should be prepared to mobilize the people for the long march. Committees should be formed immediately. The various committees include Control Room, Media and Advertising Committee, Reception Committee.

According to the recommendations of the committee, the formation of security committee, facilities committee, legal committee, finance committee, program committee, food committee and medical committee are included.

Arrangements should be made before the participants arrive at the site of the sit-in. The sit-in will continue till the objective is achieved. Traders, farmers and trade unions should be contacted and fully mobilized.

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