Leaders of various political parties have hailed the decision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to endorse the Mian Raza Rabbani as new Chairman of the Senate.

Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar program of Radio Pakistan, they said the prime minister has set new tradition by fielding consensus candidate for the office of the chairman Senate.

PML-N's Senator Zafar Iqbal Jhagra said: “The Prime Minister is very clear about the democratic norms and he gave full weightage to all political forces where they have the mandate. We can form the government in Balochistan, but Prime Minister has supported main party for the unity of the province. Today, Prime Minister has endorsed the candidate of Pakistan people’s party and accepted its mandate in the senate which is a laudable step. The whole nation has appreciated this step and welcomed the reconciliation politics of Nawaz Sharif.”

PML-N leader Senator Kalsoom Parveen said: “We need the atmosphere of political unity in the country. The endorsement of Pakistan Peoples party’s candidate by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a quite significant step. Prime Minister has personally visited the Zardari House today and announced his support to Mian Raza Rabbani as Chairman Senate. This is a very positive decision by the prime minister, which would not only enhance political cooperation, but would help eliminate leg pulling on national issues. This is wise decision by the prime minister. Other political leaders  should also adopt such maturity.

PPP Leader Senator Rubina Khalid said: “It is a historical day in our political history that both major political parties become united on the unanimous candidate for the slot of Chairman Senate. We welcomed this positive decision of Prime Minister. Senator Raza Rabbani is a non-controversial politician and he has vast experience of parliamentary politics. This consensus will be helpful to resolve the major crisis, which Pakistan is facing at present. 

PTI leader Senator Shibli Faraz said: “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf always supported the positive steps of the government for the well-being of the nation. The political reconciliation is quite significant for the national unity. It is the national obligation of all political parties to show political maturity and work to bring unity on national issues. All political forces should work together for national development. Government should address the concerns of PTI and should form the judicial commission to probe the general election 2013.”

ANP leader Senator Afrasiab Khattak said: “Today’s decision of Prime Minister is quite positive and it shows that our democratic system become mature. Senator Raza Rabbani is a senior politician and he has good repute among the parliamentarians. This decision will provide base for political unity on national issues. This is the historical move of our parliamentary history.”

JI leaer Sahibzada Tariq Ullah said: “We welcome the decision of prime minister for endorsing Mian Raza Rabani as Chairman Senate.  Senator Raza Rabbani worked a lot to brought consensus on 18th amendment. Today’s decision of Nawaz Sharif is laudable and it will set new avenue of our democratic history.”

JUI-F leader Senator Attah-ur-Rehman said: “Announcement of unanimous candidate for chairman senate by the both major parties is positive step and we appreciate this decision. We are hopeful that this decision will strengthen our democratic system. Presently Pakistan is facing very difficult situation which demands national unity of political leadership.”

ANP leader Senator Hasil Bazinjo said: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has endorsed Raza Rabani as candidate of chairman senate today. This decision is laudable step of the Prime Minister and it will strengthen the democracy in the country.”

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