The opposition’s anti-government ‘Rehbar Committee’ met on Friday (July 5) to decide a future course of action, with the main item on the agenda being the removal of Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. The committee has decided to submit no-confidence move against chairman Senate.
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) leader Akram Khan Durrani addressed the media soon after the meeting concluded to announce that he had been chosen convener for the next two months. The position will rotate among all member parties, he said.
Durrani also announced that the opposition parties had formally decided to remove Sanjrani from his post. A resolution will be submitted in Senate on July 9 in this regard, he said. The opposition failed to reach a consensus on the replacement for Sanjrani, however, with Durrani saying that a name will be announced on July 11 after further deliberation.
He said that the opposition would observe July 25, the anniversary of the 2018 general election, as a ‘black day’. All parties have also been asked to have their members resign from the parliamentary committee to probe election rigging. “A new political order is being introduced in the country, which we are very concerned about,” Durrani said. “We condemn any such order. We also reject the posting of soldiers inside polling stations in [erstwhile] Fata.”
“We condemn the arrest of Rana Sanaullah and demand the production orders of two members of the National Assembly from erstwhile FATA,” Durrani added. To a question about what the ‘new political order’ is, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi responded saying they were referring to rumours about a presidential system in the country.
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