Opposition's APC to finalise future course of action today

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Opposition parties are expected to hold an all-parties conference (APC) today, the timing and meeting place of which is yet to be finalised.

However, according to media, the meeting will take place in the afternoon at National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s residence.

The APC will include Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Shehbaz Sharif, Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, Saad Rafique, Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Peoples Party’s Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Khursheed Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sherry Rehman, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sirajul Haq, Sajid Mir, Liaquat Baloch and Owais Noorani, Awami National Party’s Asfandyar Wali Khan, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Mahmood Khan Achakzai, National Party’s Hasil Bizenjo, Pak Sarzameen Party’s Mustafa Kamal and members of other opposition parties.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan will not be attending the APC since it has decided to support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the centre.

The APC will finalise names of the opposition’s candidates for the posts of prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker as well as finalise a strategy regarding the oath-taking of the MNAs-elect.

The opposition’s strategy with regards to protesting inside and outside Parliament will also be discussed.
Moreover, the parties are also expected to decide on a consensus candidate for the slot of opposition leader in the National Assembly.
With regards to alleged rigging in the July 25 General Election, sources said the opposition parties will also issue a white paper and reiterate their call for the resignation of the chief election commissioner and other Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members.
The ECP has already dismissed the demand.