PPP & JUI-F competing for Presidency?

To remove President Dr. Arif Alvi, a two-thirds majority of the total members of both houses of parliament, the National Assembly, and the Senate is required.

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With Shehbaz Sharif officially as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, along with a functioning federal cabinet, all eyes are on the presidency of Pakistan. Regarding this, competition is increasing between PPP and JUI-F.

Earlier, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s brother Zia-ur-Rehman held a meeting with PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif. According to media reports, he conveyed Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s wish to become the President of Pakistan.

Moreover, sources also said he knew that PPP may too make the same request. He went before PPP was scheduled to meet Nawaz Sharif. However, Nawaz Sharif said it is too early to decide on the presidency.

Read more: Nawaz Sharif agrees to give Punjab CM seat to PML-Q

Nawaz Sharif also reportedly said that to remove President Dr. Arif Alvi, a two-thirds majority of the total members of both houses of parliament, the National Assembly, and the Senate is required. At present, the government has a total of 197 members in the National Assembly, including the deviant members of the PTI.

On the other hand, PPP wants its Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to become the next president. Asif Ali Zardari previously served as the 11th president of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.

Currently, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto is in London to hold meetings with Nawaz Sharif. He already held two meetings and will hold another one. According to details, deadlock persists between PPP and PML-N over a number of issues for instance the positions of Senate chairman, governor Punjab, and seat adjustments.

Fazlur Rehman demands immediate elections

Furthermore, Fazlur Rehman has insisted on early elections. In a statement, the JUI-F chief said that his party has its own stance and they consider it their responsibility to return the mandate of the people and get a fresh mandate from them.

“JUI-F is not favour of prolonging the incumbent tenure,” he further added. The JUI-F leader also urged the government to rectify any issues with the electoral system.

Interestingly, Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s statement hints toward a split of the PDM which was a joint movement to topple former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.

Read more: Fazlur Rehman’s bold statement generates crisis for PDM


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