PPP urges MQM-P to withdraw candidate for SA speaker


KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday urged Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to withdraw its candidate for the Sindh Assembly Speaker, ARY News reported citing sources. 

According to sources, PPP reached out to MQM-P for the election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the Sindh Assembly after oath-taking of the members.

Sources within PPP said that they have a two-third majority in the Sindh assembly however they are aiming to win the Speaker seat unopposed with MQM-P support.

Furthermore, Pakistan Peoples Party is waiting for a response from the MQM-P, sources added.

It is important to mention here that a session of the assembly is expected to be convened on Sunday, with Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani presiding over the proceedings.

Related: Newly elected MPAs take oath in maiden session of Sindh Assembly

People s Party s CM candidate Murad Ali Shah earlier said that the Speaker Sindh Assembly and chief minister s election will be held tomorrow and day after tomorrow respectively.

The People s Party has nominated Ovais Qadir Shah as its candidate for Speaker and Naveed Anthony Deputy Speaker candidate for Sindh Assembly.

The MQM-Pakistan nominated Advocate Sofia Shah and Advocate Rashid Khan as the party s candidates for speaker and deputy speaker s offices of the provincial assembly respectively.

Earlier today, Speaker Agha Sadruddin administered oath-taking of elected Sindh Assembly members with PPP as the largest parliamentary group in the legislature with 114 seats.

MQM-P is the next largest group in assembly with 36 members, while the Sunni Ittehad Council has nine members, GDA-3 and Jamaat Islami one seat.

The PPP enjoys comfortable majority in the house, and it doesn t need support from any other party to get its speaker, deputy speaker and chief minister elected.

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