Par­lia­men­tary body con­sti­tuted to se­lect care­taker PM

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE -

An eight-mem­ber par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee has been formed to evolve a con­sen­sus for ap­point­ing care­taker prime min­is­ter. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Na­tional As­sem­bly Sec­re­tariat is ex­pected to be is­sued in this re­gard later this evening.

The mem­bers in­clude Sar­dar Mahtab Ab­basi, Sar­dar Yaqoob Nasir, Pervez Rasheed, Saad Rafiq, Chaudhry Shu­jaat, Fa­rooq Naek, Khur­shid Shah and Ghu­lam Bilour. The com­mit­tee has the man­date to choose a can­di­date for the po­si­tion of care­taker prime min­is­ter within three days' time.

Un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee has to evolve a con­sen­sus on one name for the care­taker prime min­is­ter within three days and if it fails to do so in the stip­u­lated time, the mat­ter will au­to­mat­i­cally go to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, which will have to fi­nalise one name out of four, two each from the prime min­is­ter and the op­po­si­tion leader in the NA. The devel­op­ment fol­lowed a meet­ing of lead­ers of the Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP), chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf, which ended with the party un­will­ing to com­pro­mise on the names of its nom­i­nees for care­taker prime min­is­ter.

Sources told me­dia that the party has de­cided to take the mat­ter to the stage of the eight­mem­ber com­mit­tee. The PPP had ini­tially pro­posed the names of Dr Ab­dul Hafeez Sheikh, Dr Ishrat Hu­sain, and Jus­tice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the po­si­tion of care­taker PM. More­over, the Pak­istan Mus­lim League - Nawaz had pro­posed the names of Jus­tice (retd) Nasir As­lam Zahid, Jus­tice ( retd) Shakir­ul­lah Jan and Ra­sul Bakhsh Pal­ijo.

All four names from the op­po­si­tion's side of the com­mit­tee are of PML-N mem­bers. How­ever, con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts have said PML-N has to give equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion to all op­po­si­tion par­ties in the com­mit­tee so its mem­bers do not be­come con­tro­ver­sial.

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