THE Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the most recent of the alliances of opposition political parties, is facing an existential threat. The ANP, one of the 10 constituent parties, has already announced its decision to dissociate itself from the alliance. The PPP is so far holding on. However, it has not tried to hide its extreme displeasure over the PDM letter demanding an explanation from the party about the unilateral assumption of office of the leader of the opposition in the Senate by its nominee Yusuf Raza Gilani, after reportedly agreeing at a PDM meeting to leave the position for the PML-N. And earlier, the PPP, unlike the other nine parties, had opposed the idea of linking the long march to resignation from the assemblies.
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