Following days of consultations, opposition parties have evolved a consensus over the name of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman as head of the Pakistan Democratic Movement,(PDM) the newly-formed alliance against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The decision was taken during a virtual meeting of opposition parties on Saturday, attended by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, BNP chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Maulana Fazl ur Rehman among other senior opposition politicians.
The meeting discussed the country’s prevailing political situation including the decisions taken during the All Parties Conference last month to topple the PTI-led government.
Sources privy to the meeting told media that PML-N had suggested the name of Fazl for the PDM chairmanship which was approved by all parties unanimously. PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal would be appointed as the secretary-general of the opposition’s alliance.
Meanwhile, members from other political parties will be given the positions of vice-president, they added.
The decision was announced by PML-N secretary-general Ahsan Iqbal.
“Nawaz Sharif recommended Fazlur Rehman’s name and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari endorsed it,” Iqbal said. He said that the leader will change on a rotation basis and the duration of appointment will be determined soon.
“PDM has expressed great confidence in the leadership of Fazlur Rehman,” said the PML-N stalwart.
Iqbal said that unanimous approval was accorded to two resolutions.
“PDM’s struggle is to ensure that the Constitution and the supremacy of law are upheld and the people’s economic rights are protected,” he said.
The PDM’s organisational hierarchy was also discussed.