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  • Maryam Nawaz says PDM had already determined the Chief of the Opposition within the Senate will likely be from PML-N; a win or loss in chairman, deputy chairman positions doesn’t depend as an element to revisit this.
  • PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman says the Opposition alliance will present up “in hundreds of thousands” for PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s NAB listening to in present of solidarity on March 26.
  • Says “NAB’s summons have exposed institution for the puppet it is”.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Sunday stated that the Pakistan Democratic Motion had already agreed that the Chief of the Opposition within the Senate will likely be from the PML-N and the choice ought to “in principle” not be revisited.

Addressing a press convention in Lahore alongside PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maryam stated that victory or defeat within the election for the highest Senate slots can’t be an element for a change on this choice.

Maryam’s remarks got here as she was requested to reply to whether or not PML-N’s Azam Nazir Tarar and Sadia Abbasi are into account for the place or if negotiations will happen over PPP’s Yousaf Raza Gillani’s nomination.

To this, she stated that it was determined “in principle”, when PDM leaders met at Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s home, that assist for Gillani for Senate chairman, for JUI-F’s Abdul Ghafoor Haideri for deputy chairman, and for a PML-N candidate for chief of the opposition will likely be prolonged.

She stated a win or loss was not mentioned as an element for any change within the choice.

“I am sure [anyone who opposes this] can be made to understand that when a decision in principle is made, there is no need to revisit it,” Maryam stated.

In the meantime, Fazlur Rehman shot down the concept there’s a rift within the opposition alliance over this matter, amongst different points akin to resignations from parliament.

“PDM is not only united, through mutual consultations we have matters under control. We all have to move ahead forward. The nine parties that have a particular ideology will request the PPP to respect their viewpoint,” he stated.

The PDM chief stated that the alliance will look ahead to the result of the PPP’s Central Government Committee assembly — set to happen within the first week of April — and can be prepared to overview their suggestions in order that the alliance can transfer ahead successfully.

Learn extra: PDM places off lengthy march as PPP seeks time to reply on resignations

PDM to indicate up in assist of Maryam throughout NAB listening to

Fazlur Rehman stated that in Maryam’s listening to on March 26 with the Nationwide Accountability Bureau, the opposition alliance will likely be current together with her in a present of solidarity.

“The apparent reasons cited by NAB have exposed the bureau for the puppet institution it is. It has approached the court for cancellation of [Maryam’s] bail on the basis that she speaks against institutions.

“So the establishment has been fashioned to not fight corruption however to serve different establishments,” he said.

Fazlur Rehman said that when she appears before NAB on Friday, all of the PDM’s workers and leaders will be right there with her.

He went on to say that the workers will number “not 1000’s, however lots of of 1000’s”.

It will be decided later who among the leaders will be present, but nonetheless, we will be there and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with her, the PDM chief said.

Maryam has been summoned by the anti-corruption watchdog in pursuance of two cases — the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case and one pertaining to purchase of land in Raiwind.

Is govt ‘taking advantage’ of this perceived lack of unity within PDM?

Maryam was also asked to comment on whether the government has begun to “take benefit” of this perceived lack of unity or “miscoordination” between PDM.

To this, the PML-N Vice President responded by saying: “We’re striving to maintain all events united. However [in any case] Imran Khan’s future isn’t linked with the PDM. His future and that of his faux authorities hinges on his personal efficiency.”

She said that whatever the inner workings of the PDM, Imran Khan will have to answer for the “incompetence, ineptitude that has swallowed the nation complete” and not the opposition alliance.

Maryam said that the PDM will demand an answer to this “incompetence” from the government and will “totally signify and safeguard” the interests of the people. “We won’t permit the federal government to flee from the backdoor,” she said.

NA-249 election

The PML-N vice president said that the talks are underway between PPP and PML-N over the NA-249 election in which PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail is a contender. “We’ll let you recognize when a call is reached,” she said.

‘Long march without PPP?’

Maryam was of the view that although a long march is very much possible with just JUI-F and PML-N leading the way, “who’re very large events in their very own constituencies” and who have “held giant occasions with success earlier than”, it would be better for all parties to stand united and represent the people together and so the alliance will look to PPP to join them.

Fazlur Rehman said PPP is a “large celebration” and even a small party within the alliance, if it were to express reservations, “can be accorded respect and their viewpoint thought of”.

He said the long march “will InshaAllah happen”.

Also read: PDM’s long march likely to take place after Ramazan: Fazlur Rehman

‘Differences with Hamza Shahbaz?’

The two leaders held the media briefing following a meeting between them which was also attended by Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz.

The PML-N vice president shot down the “shameful lies” that have been reported by some channels regarding differences with Hamza Shahbaz.

She said the Punjab Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition participated in the lunch meeting hosted by Fazlur Rehman and had to go away to meet the doctor who is looking after the treatment of her daughter’s heart condition.

“A media channel or two ran this baseless information. They need to a minimum of concern God earlier than operating such large lies,” she stated.

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