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PDM Decides To Part Ways With PPP, ANP

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Cracks in Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) have deepened as the opposition alliance decided to part ways with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP). Following a meeting of Senators of five opposition parties, minus PPP and ANP, it was decided that a new alliance comprising five opposition parties having 27 members in the Senate would be formed.
The decision is being seen as a split in the PDM.

The PPP was being criticised for seeking Balochistan Awami Party (BAP)’s support for the election of Yousaf Raza Gilani as the leader of opposition in Senate. Two PPP leaders Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Raza Rabbani had also expressed reservation over their party’s decision to seek BAP’s support. PPP, on the other hand, is of the opinion that the PML-N and JUI-F sidelined it during the latest meeting of the alliance over long march.

Meanwhile, PPP leaders have been saying that the planned long march, which was later postponed, was not conditional to resignation from assemblies. They have further claimed that a last minute consultation between Fazlur Rehman and Nawaz Sharif led to a different position after which PPP was cornered.

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