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Anti-PTI alliance decides to field PML-N candidate for PM slot

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: An anti-PTI alliance has declared that they’ll be supporting a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for the most important prime minister slot. The alliance comprising of PML-N, PPP, MMA, and ANP will also be putting up their own candidates for speaker and deputy speaker slots in the National Assembly.

The announcement was made by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman on Thursday following an all parties conference (APC,) which was attended by senior leaders of all the allied parties.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by Imran Khan emerged as the largest single political party after securing 115 seats in the July 25 election. The party also claimed to have the required numbers to elect the prime minister.

However, the anti-PTI alliance, which secured a combined 120 National Assembly seats, now says it would also go to the National Assembly session in “not a defensive but an offensive mode” to elect its own candidates.

Rehman said the parties have decided to bring a candidate for prime minister from the PML-N.

“The National Assembly speaker candidate will be from the PPP and the deputy speaker candidate from MMA,” Rehman said, adding that the names would be announced later.

She further said that the opposition parties would sit in the Parliament “to counter the puppet government”.

Sources have revealed that the alliance is considering PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif as the candidate for prime minister and PPP’s Khursheed Shah for National Assembly Speaker.

Sources further said that at the day of prime minister’s oath-taking, the opposition parties will hold a rally in the capital near Red Zone.

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