KARACHI: Opposition parties in Sindh Assembly are holding consultations with each other or the election of opposition leader in the house. The opposition leader seat fell vacant after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislator Faisal Sabzwari quit it owing to formation of the coalition government in Sindh with PPP by his party.
Out of 168 seats in the assembly, the opposition parties have only 25. Pakistan Muslim League-Functional is leading with 11 members, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 10 members and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf have four members.
Talking to PPI over telephone, PML-N leader Irfanullah Marwat said that he was also a contender for the opposition leader slot from his party, however, he did not name any other contender.
He said that former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim is not a contender for the slot as he is not the regular participant of the assembly sessions. “He had only participated in two assembly sessions since the elections were held,” he said.
Marwat said that his party had held consultation with PML-F and PTI over the issue and soon a decision would be made.
He ruled out the possibility of deputy opposition leader in provincial assembly and said that no such things were being considered as there is no such rule in the assembly for such type of slot.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Nand Kumar said that consultations were going on within the party and other parties over the issue, however, no decision had been finalized.
He refused to comment that being a majority party parliamentary leader, he would be a contender for the opposition slot and said that final decision would be made after consultations in the party.
He said that being a coalition partner with PML-N in federal government, the top leadership of both parties was holding consultations and a decision would be made soon.
Talking to PPI, PTI parliamentary leader in Sindh assembly, Syed Hafeezuddin, rejected the assumptions that PTI would not contest for opposition leader slot and would support one of the two leading parties.
He said that the party would field its candidate for the slot and instead of giving support to other parties, they would try to get other parties support to grab the slot.
He further said that he was in Islamabad for consultations with the party leadership over the issue and the party would announce its candidate within two to three days.
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