Govt-Opposition to jointly finalise ECP members names after Eid: Dar
ISLAMABAD—Government and opposition have started the discussion over the appointment of four Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members and TORs for Panama papers commission. The Election Commission has become non-functional after the retirement of Members and as per the constitution the members should be elected within 40 days with the mutual consultation of the government and the opposition.
The names of ECP members would be finalized after Eid meanwhile all opposition parties would be taken into confidence. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar called on Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah and discussed matters pertaining to appointment of Members Election Commission.
Khursheed Shah told Ishaq Dar that decision about the matter will be intimated to the government after consultations with the opposition parties.
He also enquired Dar about the latest situation about the health of the prime minister. Ishaq Dar informed him that Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is expected to arrive in the country by the end of Ramazan.
Khursheed Shah said that he will soon meet the opposition members over the issue of selection of member of the Election Commission of Pakistan. Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the Finance Minister said that the parliamentary committee on TORs would meet next week. He said that the government also wanted to sort out the TORs issue through talks with the opposition parties.
He said said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would return to Pakistan before Eid. He said that the new members of the ECP would be appointed after Eid. He said that on the directives of the Prime Minister he met Khurshid Shah and asked to send names for ECP members to parliamentary committee. He said that Khurshid Shah would forward the names after consulting other opposition members.
Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah said that he would inform the opposition parties about government’s proposals about TORs. He said that he would inform the government about opposition’s stance after consultation with other parties.—SABAH