ISLAMABAD: Meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to discuss name of caretaker PM has been concluded today (Monday).
Sources said that government had contacted opposition again in this regard and it is expected that PM Abbasi and Khursheed Shah would announce the name of interim PM in press conference today after their brief meeting.
However, if no consensus was developed on the name of caretaker prime minister today then the issue would land before the parliamentary committee to take a decision.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had finalized the names of Justice (r) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Tassaduq Jilani and Ishrat Hussain for caretaker prime minister while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) suggested names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PIT) had finalised the names of Dr Ishrat Hussain, Tassaduq Jilani and Abdul Razzaq Dawood, while, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had finalised the name of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan for the caretaker PM.
PTI has categorically rejected the names finalised by the PPP. PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that the PPP has proposed two names [Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas] for caretaker premier.
We will have to wait and look that whether Abbasi [incumbent premier] accept or reject these names, adding that the names proposed by PTI were more suitable.
These parties decided the names after consultations with their senior leadership.