Earlier on Friday, PPP nominated, Asif Ali Zardari as its candidate to succeed Pervez Musharraf as the President of Pakistan. Information Minister Sherry Rehman told reporters in Islamabad that the leadership of the PPP, the country's largest political party, had unanimously proposed Zardari.
However, Zardari's nomination could deepen rifts in the ruling coalition, which took power after defeating Musharraf's political allies in Feb 18 elections.
The second largest party in the alliance, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), has indicated its preference for a candidate without political affiliations, preferably from a smaller province.
Election Commission of Pakistan will hold the Presidenial elections on September 6.