Aitzaz though not running presidential campaign is determined to spoil Fazl’s party

Islamabad: The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate for presidential election (scheduled to be held on September 4), Dr Arif Alvi is though campaigning vigorously for the august office of the head of the state, yet all his prayers must be directed for steadfastness of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan.

Senator Aitzaz Ahsan though not running his presidential campaign as forcefully as the other two are, yet his decision to stay in the race is set to spoil party of Joint Opposition (excluding PPP) candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

It is now clear since none of the three candidates withdrew their nomination papers that PPP is not going to reconsider its nominee Aitzaz Ahsan and he is not going to withdraw in support of Opposition’s candidate despite the face he is literally confined to issuing statements and attending TV talk shows.

According to analysts, Arif Alvi might not gain advantage from his campaign and contacts with other coalition parties or independent candidates what he might get from Aitzaz Ahsan.

Maulana Fazl who was in Quetta on Friday and attended a luncheon party hosted by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai also expressed his wonder and resentment over PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s decision to field Aitzaz Ahsan and said it seemed PPP’s sole purpose was to exclude his chances of becoming President.

Achakzai was of the view that Pakistan would get an ideal team of rulers if Fazlur Rehman is elected president. “When the two of them — President Fazlur Rehman and Prime Minister Imran Khan — received guard of honour, it would be an ideal combination,” said Achakzai in light mood. It would also end their mutual rivalry and both of them would become friend to each other, he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Arif Alvi who was in Peshawar to get vote and support of the parliamentarians there said he was hopeful of getting more votes than his party’s strength in the electoral college.

“I’m confident of polling more votes (than our strength in assemblies),” he told reporters at the Chief Minister’s House.

Dr Alvi also met the PTI members of the provincial and national assemblies and Senate and said he had come to Peshawar to canvass for presidential polls.

He also visited Balochistan as part of his election campaign and was hopeful that its socioeconomic conditions would improve during the PTI government like KP. The presidential candidate said KP was the PTI’s ‘base’, where the party implemented its agenda of change.

It is because of PTI’s good governance in the province that helped it reclaim power for the second consecutive time, he said.

Dr Alvi said the PTI’s government in KP would make every effort to further improve the people’s socioeconomic conditions.

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