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Several political parties’ representatives missing as opposition meets again

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Representatives of several political parties were missing as the joint opposition held another round of All Parties Conference (APC) at former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s Islamabad residence on Thursday.

The meeting is being attended by the leaders of all political parties including Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s (PPP) Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Khursheed Shah and Sherry Rehman.

Awami National Party’s (ANP) Mian Iftikhar Hussain and National Party (NP) leader Hasil Bazenjo are attending the meeting.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafarul Haq, Ahsan Iqbal, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Mushahidullah were also among those attending the meeting.

Other leaders who attended the huddle include Moulana Fazlur Rehman, Akram Durrani, Mahmood Achakzai, Asfandyar Wali, Liaqat Baloch, Naveed Qamar and Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri.

The meeting will review matters pertaining to opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister, National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker.

The meeting will further discuss future strategy and the joint candidate for the leader of opposition.

Earlier, a multi-party conference and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had rejected the just-concluded Pakistan election results, demanding a transparent and free and fair re-election.

The APC called to devise a joint strategy over alleged rigging in the 2018 general elections of Pakistan, demanded a “transparent” re-election and said the polls were “rigged massively” and the results were manipulated.

Attended by leaders of various parties, the APC was chaired by PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) president Maulana Fazlur Rehman. It was held at the Islamabad residence of MMA leader Mian Aslam.

“The APC (all parties conference) had completely rejected the July 25 elections with consensus,” announced Rehman while addressing the media after the conference concluded.

“We do not consider this election to be the mandate of the public.”

On Friday last week, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had decided not to attend the conference, with a spokesperson saying its leadership will devise its own strategy regarding alleged poll irregularities.

The chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while addressing a press conference, rejected the election process and claimed the General Election 2018 was not free and fair.

Bilawal demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner over failure to conduct transparent polls.

He said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is responsible for carrying out transparent polls and that the electoral body failed in its task.

 

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