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

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


Islamabad: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Yousaf Raza Gillani said that ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami and independent senators support him Was appointed as the leader of the Senate opposition party. He also announced that the PDM leadership has confidence in becoming the leader of the opposition.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that a new view had emerged in PDM that there was no point in holding sit-ins without giving resignations, even though PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto had made it clear that the option of resignations would be used last.

Gillani said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) won all the by-elections and Bilawal Bhutto was preparing for the long march.

“We had consulted legal experts for the Senate elections,” he said.

The former Prime Minister dispelled rumors of differences arising in the PDM and stressed that his appointment as Leader of the Opposition was a win for the anti-government movement.

It is worth mentioning that previously, PPP Senator Yousaf Raza Gillani was appointed as the leader of the opposition party in the upper house of Congress.

The notice issued by the Senate Secretariat reads: “In accordance with Article 16, paragraph 3 of the 2012 Senate Rules of Procedure and Procedure, the President of the Senate is pleased to announce that Senator Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani is the leader of the opposition party from March 26, 2021. Effective from now.”

Yousaf Raza Gillani had submitted his nomination papers with the signatures of 30 senators which included 21 from PPP, two from Awami National Party (ANP), one from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), two former members of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and four senators from Dilawar Khan’s independent group.

Both PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had nominated separate candidates for the post of opposition leader in Senate.

The PPP had selected Yousaf Raza Gillani as their nominee while PML-N had fielded the name of Azam Nazeer Tarar.

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