LAHORE – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned a session on Thursday for the appointment of a caretaker chief minister of Punjab after the parliamentary committee that met today (Wednesday) failed to reach a consensus over the appointment.
The ECP confirmed that former Speaker Punjab assembly has forwarded four names for caretaker CM Punjab and it will announce the name after consultation.
According to the ECP, the government has suggested Justice (r) Sair Ali and Admiral (r) M Zakaullah’s name while opposition has sent names of Ayaz Amir and Dr. Hasan Askari.
The parliamentary committee met at the Punjab Assembly earlier today to deliberate upon the names of candidates proposed for the caretaker provincial chief minister.
Rana Sanaullah, Malik Ahmed Khan and Khuwaja Imran Nazir represented the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) in the committee while former opposition leader Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Sibtain Khan and Shoaib Siddiqui were present from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) side.
The opposition was not happy with government’s favorite nominee of Admiral (r) M Zakaullah saying he had no administrative experience while government rejected opposition’s suggestion terming them ‘biased’.
Earlier, Punjab government and opposition had agreed to appoint Nasir Mahmood Khosa as the province’s caretaker chief minister but later PTI withdrew his nomination after receiving “severe reaction” from party workers.
In the second phase of the negotiations, Shehbaz nominated former Pakistan Navy chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, former DG Intelligence Bureau Aftab Sultan, Justice (retd) Sahir Ali and former IG Punjab Tariq Saleem Dogar for the post, while Rasheed presented the names of Orya Maqbool Jan, Yaqub Izhar, and Askari.
Currently, only interim chief executives in Sindh and KPK have taken charge to conduct free and fair elections, scheduled on July 25th.