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JUI-F chief named Prez of Pakistan opposition alliance

Islamabad: Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-Fazl) party, has been named the first President of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), after unanimous nomination by the heads of all constituent parties. .

He was named PDM President after the opposition alliance’s first formal meeting through video link on Saturday, Dawn news report.

According to PDM’s steering committee convenor Ahsan Iqbal, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposed Maulana’s name and was backed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and others did.

Sources told Dawn news that Sharif had initially proposed that Maulana Fazl should be appointed as the president on a permanent basis.

The sources said there was an agreement among the leaders that the Mau­lana should lead the PDM in the first phase as he had already led last year’s ‘Azadi March’ against the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government.

“Since the Maulana has already done a rehearsal and his party is more disciplined and has the ability to effectively mobilise the masses, therefore, in the first and decisive phase, he is the best choice,” Dawn news quoted a participant of Saturday’s meeting as saying.

Maulana’s nomination to lead the movement came a week before the formal start of the anti-government campaign by opposition parties, with the PDM’s first public meeting to be held in Quetta on 11 October.

The final decision regarding the tenure of these offices and nomination to other posts including Information secretary will be made in the meeting of the steering committee to be held on Monday.

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