Govt-Op­po­si­tion to jointly fi­nalise ECP mem­bers names af­ter Eid: Dar

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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