Yousuf Raza Gilani Nominated by PDM for Senate Chairman

On Monday, the 11-party opposition alliance by the name of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), nominated the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, for the post of Senate chairman in the upcoming elections. Gilani just recently emerged victorious after going against the candidate nominated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in the Senate elections. 

This decision was made by the alliance unanimously at a meeting in Islamabad, which was being chaired by its head, Maulana Fazlur Rehman. 

The Chairman of PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, along with the Vice President of PML-N, Maryam Nawaz, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Aftab Sherpao, Gilani, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, as well as Raja Pervez Ashraf all were present at the meeting. The three-time Prime Minister of the country and the Quaid of PML-N, Nawaz Sharif, also attended the meeting through video-link, while residing in London. 

The high-level huddle had gotten together to evaluate the current political situation in the country, soon after the current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, won the vote of confidence. 

The lower house of the parliament, on Saturday, reaffirmed its confidence in the premier by voting in his favor. Khan polled an overwhelming win of 178 votes, which is six more than the magical number 172. However, the PDM was not pleased, and they boycotted the NA session that was convened specially by the President of the country, Arif Alvi, for the trust vote of the PM. 

Imran Khan had voluntarily sought out a fresh vote of confidence in the parliament, after the PTI candidate, Hafeez Sheikh, was shockingly defeated by Gilani. Those elections were held on the 3rd of March in the Senate, after which the PDM claimed that the result was a vote of no-confidence against the premier. 

In its meeting, the leadership of the PDM also sat down to discuss its strategy for the joint candidate for deputy chairman of the upper house, and the long march. 

During the meeting, the attendees were also presented with recommendations for grand anti-government demonstrations, by the special committee set up previously for the long march. 

According to the suggestions made, the long march should commence in Karachi from the 26th of March with a procession, and all rallies should reach Islamabad on the 30th of March by 3pm. 

Moreover, the committee also advised that all the parties involved should mobilize as many people as they can and take up responsibility for the expenses incurred.

It went on to suggest that a centralized system be created to mobilize people and in order to do so, trade unions, traders, and farmers should be contacted. According to the members of the committee, all the arrangements should be made on the location chosen for the sit-in, right before the participants arrive on the site. 

Bilawal Bhutto also addressed the meeting and revealed that the election for the post of Senate chairman will take place in four days. He added that it is vital for the PDM to win their election, as it will allow them to add another victory to their credit.