PDM splits as five opposition parties demand separate benches in the upper House Senate

PDM splits as five opposition parties demand separate benches in the upper House Senate

Opposition Parties anti-government alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) clashed during first formal senate sitting held on Monday.

Senate’s first session was chaired by Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani.

Five opposition parties in Senate, who had earlier decided to form an independent group in the upper House consisting of 27 members, demanded to be allotted separate opposition benches in the Senate. These parties include PML-N, JUI-F, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, National Party and BNP (Mengal).

PML-N designated opposition leader Senator Azam Nazir Tarrar is leading the group.

“We should be allotted separate opposition benches and the hidden cameras during the Senate elections should be investigated,” Senator Tarrar said.

Senators group supporting Opposition leader Yousaf Raza Gillani protested Tarrar’s remarks. Government members, also, protested when senators from the Balochistan Awami Party were presented with gifts and a ruckus broke out in the House.

Tarrar said that 27 senators from five parties have constituted a separate opposition group. He said the opposition will play a “positive and constructive” role.

He said he was shocked by the manipulated appointment of the Leader of the Opposition.

On the other hand, the Dilawar Khan group, which supports PPP Gillani, also demanded separate seats in the Senate.

The senate session held after the election of new senators on March 3, the Senate chairman and deputy chairman on March 12 and notification of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Yousaf Raza Gillani on March 26.