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Gilani notifies as opposition leader in Senate,PMLN expresses displeasure

PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani declared as leader of the opposition in the upper house of parliament on Friday, according to a notification issued by the Senate Secretariat.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had secured the support of 30 Opposition senators for the prized post which had been a matter of contention between the PML-N and the PPP.

Talking to the media after submitting the request, Senator Sherry Rehman said the PPP’s request has the signatures of 21 senators from the party, two from the ANP, one from the Jamat-e-Islami, two from erstwhile Fata and four members of the upper house from Dilawar Khan’s independent group.

PMLN leader Rana Sana ullah said that like Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani, Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Yousuf Raza Gilani is also selected.

He said that it is not known who has made them to do this historic mistake , the PPP has harmed itself.

Rana Sana ullah had termed it as funeral of opposition politics.

Speaking on reports of the contentious issue spelling doom for the Opposition alliance,Senator Sherry Rehman said the move was not the PDM’s funeral but the PPP’s right.

PMLN Ahsan Iqbal , earlier in the day, also pointed out that the PPP took the application to the same person whom they had challenged in the court for the Senate chairman. “Doesn’t seem appropriate.”

Ahsan Iqbal said “Whoever betrays PDM’s objectives, he will pay a price so high he might not even have imagined,”.

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