PESHAWAR: Sources inside Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) revealed that party leadership has decided to support its coalition partners for the seats of chairman and deputy chairman in the Upper House.
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has invited the representatives of opposition parties in the Senate over a meeting in order to develop a consensus on filling the two important slots of the Upper House.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at Zardari House in the federal capital on Monday.
Earlier, Zardari had invited the Chaudhry brothers — Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi — of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid to meet him on Saturday evening. But later the meeting was cancelled and now a joint meeting of opposition parties will be held on Monday, sources added.
Zardari also held meeting with senior PPP leader Mian Manzoor Wattoo and other party leaders in this regard.
Talking to this scribe, PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that schedule of meeting with different political leaders is being considered including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for filling the important slot of Senate chairman and deputy chairman.
Awami National Party (ANP) has also confirmed the invitation for consultation with PPP. The former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and leader of ANP, Amir Haider Khan Hoti, while talking to media, said his party has received the invite from Zardari and ANP would participate in the consultative meeting.
Hoti said that leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Khwaja Saad Rafiq, has also approached ANP for consultation over the seat of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. The ANP leader, however, ruled out any support for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).