PDM chief Fazl gives PPP, ANP chance to review decision to leave Opposition alliance

BY SIDDEEQ SAJID

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Islamabad April 13 : Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday gave the PPP and the ANP one more chance to review their decision of parting ways with the Opposition alliance.
“The PDM was not formed so that was bicker over some position or the other. We have seen many challenges through and were always able to sort things out with dialogue and mutual understanding.
“Even today, the PPP and ANP have the opportunity to review their decision,” Maulana Fazl said.
He said this while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, alongside other leaders of the alliance, including PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal.
The media briefing followed a meeting of the Opposition alliance, sans PPP and ANP. The session was reportedly convened at Fazlur Rehman’s residence.
It was called a day after PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari announced his party’s departure from the alliance.
Both the PPP and the ANP parted ways after they were served show-cause notices by the PDM to explain why they sought the support of a government ally (Balochistan Awami Party) and got Yousaf Raza Gillani elected as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate without the alliance’s blessing.
The ANP characterised the issuance of the notice as a move to tarnish the party’s reputation, and the PPP expressed similar views. Bilawal reportedly tore up the notice in the party’s Central Executive Committee meeting, saying that for him nothing is greater than respect.ENDS