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Giliani meets MQM Khalid Maqbool,seeks support for Senate Chairmanship

Newly elected Senator and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday met with the MQM-P Convener and MNA Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui to seek support for PDM candidates in elections for Senate chairman and deputy chairman.

Siddiqui addressed a press conference in Islamabad alongside PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani, who became a senator in the March 3 elections on a joint opposition ticket, hours after he (Siddiqui) and other MQM MNAs cast their votes in favour of Prime Minister Imran Khan in a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. The premier won the trust vote with 178 ballots — six more than required.

Siddiqui said the MQM’s doors were open for all political forces and ideologies, adding that “dialogue between us is very important for Pakistan’s politics and democracy”. He revealed that the MQM itself had invited Gilani since he was a possible candidate for the Senate chairman election.

He thanked the PPP delegation for coming and said the MQM had also called a meeting of its Coordination Committee to discuss various issues such as the Senate chairman election after which it would reach “a final decision”.

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