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Parliamentary committee to meet today, decide on caretaker Punjab CM

Parliamentary committee to meet today, decide on caretaker Punjab CM

LAHORE: The parliamentary committee will meet today at 12:30pm to decide the name for the caretaker chief minister of Punjab.

On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former opposition leader, Mehmood-ur-Rasheed had said the committee would meet later in the week as PTI was busy with parliamentary board meeting for party tickets.

Rasheed had added PTI would propose the names of news analyst Ayaz Amir and defence analyst Dr Hassan Askari for the post of caretaker CM.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had nominated the names of Pakistan Navy former chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and Justice (retd) Sahir Ali.

Earlier, PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had finalised the names of their representatives for the parliamentary committee mandated to consult over caretaker CM for Punjab.

Rana Sanaullah, Malik Ahmed Khan and Khuwaja Imran Nazir were nominated by PML-N, while PTI nominated a three-member committee under Rasheed, including Sibtain Khan and Shoaib Siddiqui.

The decision was left on the parliamentary committee as former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and opposition leader failed to reach consensus over the name of caretaker chief minister despite holding a number of meetings.

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 Muhamamd 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.

Today is the last day for the parliamentary committee to decide on the candidate for the post.  

If no consensus over the name of caretaker is decided by the parliamentary committee, the matter would then be sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan, which will announce a caretaker chief minister for the province.

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