PML-N’s staunch Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Wednesday that he and his party’s confidence in the PPP has been shaken since the developments in the Senate last week.
“The confidence that we had in PPP — at least I will say this as my personal opinion — has taken a significant hit after whatever happened in Senate,” said Abbasi, as he spoke to Geo News anchor Hamid Mir on his show “Capital Talk”.
“I have very little confidence left in them. Now they will have to rebuild that confidence and I believe this is my party’s opinion as well,” the PML-N leader added.
When asked why the PPP would be pushed to do such a thing, Abbasi said: “They are not forced to do so. It is the principle of the thing.”
The PML-N leader’s remarks are called the PPP round-up vote and get Yusuf Raza Gilani to be elected as the leader of the Senate opposition party, even if China Mobile, according to PML-N, it has decided that the position will go to them.
“You sat down and arrived at a decision with other parties, and then you backtracked. You could have asked the PDM to review the decision,” said Abbasi, as he continued to express his disappointment.
Last Friday, the PPP — seemingly unable to arrive at an amicable resolution to a dispute with other PDM parties over who should get the Senate opposition leader’s seat — had rounded 30 senators and gone ahead to secure the position for its candidate, Yousaf Raza Gillani, without the PDM’s blessing.
These figures include 21 senators from the PPP itself, 2 senators from the Awami National Party, 1 senator from Jamaat-i-Islami, 2 independents from FATA, and 4 independents led by Senator Dilawar Khan. The Awami party, which broke away from Ochluchsche province, supported Gilani’s election.
Abbas said his party “has decided” that Gilani will not be recognized as the leader of the Senate opposition party.