Differences intensified between PPP, PML-N putting Shahbaz Sharif slot of NA opposition leader at stake

SIDDEEQ SAJID

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ISLAMABAD, May 27 : PML-N and PPP differences have intensified putting the slot of Shahbaz Sharif as opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) at stake.

PPP while demanding PML-N to withdraw its application for allocation of separate seats to its group in Senate has said if PML-N fails to take back its application then PPP will give application to speaker National Assembly to allocate separate seats as opposition group to it in national assembly.

Sources said following the adoption of stern stance by PML-N on PDM platform PPP has decided to withdraw its support for Shahbaz Sharif as unanimous opposition leader in NA.

PPP has demanded of PML-N president and opposition leader in NA Mian Shahbaz Sharif to accept Yousuf Raza Gillani as unanimous opposition leader in Senate besides withdrawing the application in connection with formation of separate opposition group in Senate forthwith.

Sources said if PML-N does not accept Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as consensus opposition leader in Senate then they will be forced to sit in NA in the capacity of separate opposition group. PPP has worked out its application in connection with its position as separate opposition group and allocation of separate seats in NA.

Sources said PPP enjoys support of ANP and BNP Mengal group in this regard.
In the event of non receipt of any reply from PML-N, the PPP will file its application with the approval of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

On the other hand Shahbaz Sharif has contacted PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif in the back drop of PPP threat and informed him about all the situation. He has proposed that government will take advantage of internal brawl among opposition parties and opposition should narrow down the differences rather than widening them.

The two leaders mulled over different suggestions for keeping the opposition united in parliament while certain PML-N leaders proposed to party leadership to withdraw the application for formation of separate group in Senate in order to save opposition alliance.

Sources disclosed that Shahbaz Sharif has sent message to senior leadership of PPP that he wants to take along all the opposition parties in Parliament.

On the other hand Maulana Fazlur Rehman has invited Shahjbaz Sharif to dinner today (Friday) ahead of meeting of heads of component parties of PDM. Senior leaders of PML-N will attend the dinner. The agenda of meeting of heads of component parties of PDM will be given final shape in the dinne