ISLAMABAD: In a surprise decision Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal faction has decided to vote for PPP candidate Mian Raza Rabbani in upcoming presidential elections. JUI-F is a coalition partner in PML-N led federal government.
Constitutional term of incumbent president Asif Ali Zardari is ending on September 08, 2013. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced to hold elections to choose next president on August 06, 2013. Federal government is trying to change the schedule fearing that considerable number of legislators may remain absent because of their religious commitments. A petition has been filed in apex court in this regard.
Leading political parties have filed their candidates to contest for president’s office and are trying to muster support of other parties as well. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has fielded veteran politician Mian Raza Rabbani for the slot and has already garnered support from Awami National Party (ANP) and Baloch National Party-Awami (BNP-Awami).
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is striving hard to make its candidate a “Joint Opposition Candidate” and is contacting every party in the parliament. A delegation of PPP led by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan met JUI Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman in Islamabad few hours ago.
Talking to media after the meeting Maulana Fazal said that his party has always enjoyed cordial relations with PPP. Both the parties were coalition partners in previous government. JUI-F support may really boost chances of PPP candidate.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has also contacted PPP over upcoming presidential elections. Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) is also likely to vote for Mian Raza Rabbani.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed as its candidate for president’s office but no real efforts are witnessed by the party to garner support for its candidate.
Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has nominated former governor Sindh Syed Mamnoon Hussein as presidential candidate of the party. PML-N is enjoying majority in Electoral College of the president but situation may become challenging if opposition parties agree on bringing joint candidate.