ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's main opposition party the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Wednesday expressed reservations over the Supreme Court of Pakistan's order to hold the presidential poll on July 30, DawnNews reported.

PPP presidential candidate Raza Rabbani, flanked by other PPP leaders including Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Makhdoom Amin Faheem, and Aitzaz Ahsan addressed a press conference in Islamabad following the election commission's announcement of a revised schedule for the presidential poll.

Rabbani said that the Supreme Court's order was an attempt to render the presidential poll as meaningless.

He further said that the apex court had taken a one-sided decision without listening to the viewpoint of all stakeholders and only the viewpoint of the Pakistan Muslim league - Nawaz (PML-N) was catered to.

The senior PPP leader also said that the electoral college would have been incomplete even if the poll was held on the previously announced date of Aug 6.

He also said that despite of being a candidate yet he did not receive any notification regarding a change in the election schedule and then questioned if it was possible for a candidate from a middle-class background to campaign in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar within two days.

Speaking on the occasion Aitzaz Ahsan said that the change in the election schedule had affected the PPP's presidential campaign.

Ahsan further said that if all the decision were to be decided by the court then the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Federal Interior Ministry should be disbanded.

The election commission had issued a revised schedule following the apex court's order.

As per the revised schedule issued, the scrutiny process of the candidates' nomination papers would take place on July 26.

The candidates will have the option of withdrawal of nomination papers until July 27 and the final list of candidates will also be issued on the same day.

Polling for the presidential office is scheduled to be held on July 30.

Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered for ordered for the presidential election to be held on July 30, after the ECP decided that it would not give a new date for the polls and left the matter in the hands of the court.

Nominations

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) has officially nominated Mamnoon Hussain as its nominee in the presidential election. Later, he submitted his nomination papers in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Pakistan Peoples Party's candidate Senator Raza Rabbani has also submitted his nomination papers.

Earlier, the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Balochistan National Party - Awami (BNP-A) declared their support for the nomination of the senior PPP leader.

The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) candidate Justice Wajihuddin also submitted his nomination papers in the Sindh High Court (SHC).

According to DawnNews, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided not to field a candidate in the election and is likely to be supporting another party's candidate in the presidential polls.

Senior PML-N leaders had earlier told Dawn that the former governor of Sindh was the front-runner among the party’s shortlisted candidates, followed by PM’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz and former chief justice of Pakistan Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui.

Keeping in view the position of the electoral college, the ruling party’s nominee is expected to emerge as the winner.

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A.Vetta
July 24, 2013 12:02 pm

MQM is likely to support the PML(N) candidate.

Guest63
July 24, 2013 12:31 pm

I do not recall any thing good or bad happening during the 6 months as governor of Sindh ( he could have hardly finished his honeymoon period in the office Before leaving it , so nothing would be expected as spectacular of his so little time in the Governor house Sindh , Comparitively more than a decade of an MQM Governor sitting in Karachi , has turned the city the most crime infected metropolitan which was once called a city of lights ! ) YET in my humble opinion , its a very wise and politically mature decision by N- League to give this post to another province than Punjab . I was yearning to have the president from KPK since the CJP is from Baluchistan and the sitting president was from Sindh , KPK would have been good to give some fair distribution of the Key Players among the federating units ... PPP yearning to have Raza Rabbani as the next president feels quite hollow of their stance . If he was a better candidate ( i am sure he is far better than Farooq h Naek or nayyar Bokhari ) then why did not PPP made him the Chairman of upper hosue ( they had the choice twice to honor this up right man , BUT AAZ had to have his cronies benefited first and foremost rather than having an able person like Raza Rabbani yo be his standing in person for 5 years ........ so these are now crock teares being shed by Kurshid shah and etizaz ahsan by asking people to vote for raza rabbani , knowing he has no chance to win at all ... Politics of shameless ....

Syed Ahmed
July 24, 2013 6:50 pm

It is unfair to advance the date, it could have been delayed by 10 days. Heaven would not fall.

Yousaf Jalil
July 24, 2013 7:34 pm

Raza Rabbani is a poor choice just like the PML N candidate. Mr Rabbani stood with his eyes closed all 5 years of diasastrous management by PPP. We need people who have the guts to speak out and show with their actions that things can be better. I feel same with Aitazaz Ahsan and Amin Faheen who did nothing to make any difference in the lives of this nation in their party's five years in power. It would be prudent to look for a reformist who can do some statesmenship as a President to help steer the country out of our present sink hole like situation.

pardesi
July 24, 2013 8:38 pm

The King's Party is Playing

Muhammad Rizwan
July 24, 2013 8:54 pm

Interfering in the working of independent institution like ECP and that too for the prayer which is not obligatory (Nawafil). God Help Pakistan

Hasan
July 24, 2013 9:05 pm

@A.Vetta: I agree... because of the ongoing London affairs and Pak Govt's lack of cooperation with the Met Police.

Hasan
July 24, 2013 9:07 pm

The outcome of election would not be any different on any given date but it is Just an evidence of how biased (and self obsessed) our SC is.

A.M.H.Kango
July 24, 2013 9:16 pm

@A.Vetta: MQM (Urdu speaking people) should stand by Sindhi speaking people whoever are in government and strengthen the cause of Sindh (if they can understand). Stand united.

Tanweer
July 24, 2013 9:43 pm

If PPP is not satisfied with Supreme Court's decision, PPP should file the review petition.

muzammil ullah khan
July 24, 2013 11:06 pm

Thank God Aitezaz is finally seeing through his folly of siding with Iftikhar Chowdhry . The Supreme Court has gone amok.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
July 24, 2013 11:17 pm

PMLN has decided such a weak candidate only because he will always remain loyal and grateful to Nawaz. What country and what political leaders.

M aslam
July 24, 2013 11:26 pm

@Syed Ahmed: So you think it falls if election be held 7 days earlier what PEC suggest.

ZKAlvi
July 25, 2013 12:35 am

Lame excuses, what different would it make to hold election a week earlier? SC had asked ECP's opinion & there was no objection. Rabbani is PPP candidate,after dismal show in election, his chances to become president are remote.

rozario
July 26, 2013 5:55 pm

@ZKAlvi: its not the question of who is right or who is wrong.....the election commission has authority but if dictation is to be given to them, then disolve it and save the salaries they are receiving from the government. the salaries which we all are paying through our daily hardwork and struggle.

its all the same...nothing has changed.....big cars.....new suits.....poor starving.....shame on us all.....these MPA and MNAs are all just there for the money and nothing else....all are liers and no one cares...... just making us fools one day at a time till there time comes...

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