ISLAMABAD: Five opposition parties in the Senate have decided to constitute an independent group in the House consisting of 27 senators.
These parties include Pakistan Muslim League (N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP), National Party and Balochistan National Party (Mengal).
The group is led by PML-N Senator Azam Nazir Tarrar.
Speaking during the first Senate session, Senator Azam Nazir Tarrar said: “We should be allotted separate opposition benches.”
Tarrar said that 27 senators from five parties have formed a separate opposition group. He said the opposition will play a “positive and constructive” role.
He said that he was saddened by the appointment of the Gilani as Leader of the Opposition.
Tarrar also claimed that “five gifts were sent to make him the Leader of the Opposition.” On Tarrar’s remarks Senators supporting Opposition leader, Yousaf Raza Gillani protested.
On the other hand, the Dilawar Khan group, which supports Gilani, also demanded separate seats in the Senate.
It is the first clash between the anti-government coalition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) which happened during the formal Senate session on Monday.