ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties had so far failed to build consensus for putting forward a joint candidate for the election of president to be held on September 4.
Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz), Awami National Party and others had backed Maulana Fazlur Rehman of Jamiat Ulema Islam.
While Pakistan Peoples Party had fielded its own candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and both sides had asked the other to withdraw its candidate to create a reasonable chance of a win for the opposition candidate.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman in recent statements on media urged PPP to withdraw the name of Aitzaz Ahsan but had not got a positive response.
The opposition parties had held a series of meetings in previous days in a bid to forge a consensus but the efforts failed.
Pakistan Peoples Party had been adamant to keep its candidate Aitzaz Ahsan whose candidature was not accepted by PMLN leadership.
PMLN made its stance clear that Aitzaz Ahsan was not acceptable to it because of the repeated remarks of Aitzaz about the medical condition of Kulsoom Nawaz, who was admitted in a clinic in London for treatment of cancer for the last many months.
According to a vocal provincial legislator of PMLN Uzma Bukhari, PMLN workers and supporters were hurt over insensitive remarks of the veteran PPP leader.
Both sides were unlikely to budge and the stalemate had dented prospects of the opposition against the candidate of Pakistan Tehreek in Insaf (PTI) Arif Alvi, who also had the support of parties like Pakistan Muslim League(Q),
Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Balochistan National Party (BAP). Arif Alvi was well poised to win the election as PTI along with the allied parties had the required numbers to secure a win. —APP