PDM chief Fazlur Rehman asks ANP, PPP to return to the coalition

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has asked PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party ) and the Awami National Party (ANP) to reconsider their decision on exiting the coalition and come back to the PDM posts.

Addressing a press conference after chairing an important meeting of the opposition alliance in Islamabad, Fazlur Rehman said that PDM was formed by ten parties and all parties have equal status but where it is a coalition of ten parties, there also exists a formal organizational structure.

The PDM chief said PDM is an alliance of the 11 opposition parties, where decisions are made with the consensus and if any party found violating the consensus then it must be made answerable.

Both the parties had the opportunity to summon a PDM meeting to explain the matter, but they decided to part ways with the alliance, he said.

Rehman asked the PDM allied parties to avoid getting involved in any baseless discussion. “Alliances to remain intact irrespective of whose coming in and out.”

Maulana said that the PDM was not formed to fight for positions among themselves or to decide matters on their own. A written consensus for the posts of Senate Chairman, Deputy Chairman and the Leader of the Opposition was prepared “It was the organizational requirement to seek clarification from the parties those violated ToRs.”

“We asked for a response but it is unfortunate that instead of answering, PPP and ANP submitted the resignations from PDM posts,” he added.

This comes as Pakistan People Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, yesterday, had announced that his political party is resigning from all posts of the opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). ANP also left the PDM.

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