Islamabad : The opposition People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) has opted to abstain from the presidential elections on Saturday, a local TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.
The members of National Assembly belong to PPP walked out of the National Assembly Hall when a session was summoned, the DAWN NEWS report said, adding that the session had been adjourned.
The candidate fielded by PPP Makhdoom Amin Faheem will contest the presidential elections and parliamentarians can still vote for him, according to DAWN NEWS.
The parliamentary affairs minister Sher Afgan Khan Niazi was quoted by DAWN NEWS as saying that President General Pervez Musharraf would get reelected even if all the opposition party parliamentarians resigned.
The PPP, led by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, announced on Friday that their parliamentarians would not resign from the National and Provincial Assemblies.
Around 200 parliamentarians belonging to the opposition alliance All Parties Democratic Movement have quit in a bid to oppose Musharraf’s reelection.