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Caretaker PM: Opposition Leader, PM To Meet Again Today

Islamabad(May 24, 2018): Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday will meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to name caretaker prime minister.

The two leaders failed to reach a consensus on the name of the caretaker prime minister during the past five meetings.Govt Backtracking from Its Earlier Commitments: Shah Yesterday, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said the government is backing down on its earlier commitment regarding the appointment of caretaker Premier, it is appearing that the matter regarding the appointment of the caretaker prime minister will be settled through a parliamentary committee as the government is backtracking on its earlier commitment.

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“Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has no authority to reject our nominees for caretaker premier,” the Pakistan People’s Party leader said.

Shah continued, “Names suggested by the opposition cannot be rejected, in fact they will be sent to a parliamentary committee.”

On May 22, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah failed to finalize name of caretaker Premier.

The leader of the Opposition said that it would be good for the Parliament if this matter can be agreed upon in [the upcoming] meeting.“If not, then a committee will be constituted, to which the names will be sent within three days and the majority decision will be implemented,” Shah added.

With the claims of honest and good track record persons, all three mainstream political parties have proposed their candidates for the caretaker Prime Minister.Who Will Be The Next Caretaker PM, Speculation on PeakOn May 21, After the PPP the ruling party PML-N had also unveiled its proposed names for the caretaker Prime Minister.

With the claims of honest and good track record persons, all three mainstream political parties have proposed their candidates for the caretaker prime minister.

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The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had finalised the names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for the post. Sources told that Shah has forwarded these names to PM Abbasi. PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Ashraf and Jilani informing them of the party’s decision.PPP Finalizes Two Nominees For Caretaker PMFive other names are also under consideration for the post of caretaker prime minister and speculation is rife as to who will be nominated.

The five names, three of them given by the PML-N, are also under consideration for the post include former Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon, former State Bank governor Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi, former chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Hussain, sources further said.Opp Leader, PM To Hold Another Meeting On May 22On May 18, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said that he will hold another meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi.

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According to the Constitution, if Prime Minister and Opposition leader do not agree on caretaker Prime Minister, the matter will go to the Election Commission, and Election Commission will appoint caretaker prime minister one of the proposed names, Khursheed Shah reached at PM house to meet Prime Minister Abbasi for the consultation about upcoming caretaker PM.

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On May 11, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition leader Khurshid Shah finally arrived at a consensus pertaining to the name of caretaker PM.

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“The name of caretaker PM is secure in my heart. I will not tell it to media no matter how many time they ask,” emphasized Khursheed Shah.

On May 4, Prime Minister and the opposition leader decided to fix matters of caretaker setup in principle and finalized two names for the caretaker PM.

Earlier, Prime Minister had said that government will say “Yes” to whatever name given by the opposition for caretaker Prime Minister.

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It may be recalled that on April 11, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah held discussion pertaining to the setup of the caretaker government, the meeting continued for an hour.

Procedure to Select PM/ CMs

According to Article 224 of the Constitution of Pakistan, the care-taker Prime Minister shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly, and a care-taker Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor in consultation with the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Provincial Assembly:

Article 224A of the Constitution of Pakistan says that, if the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly do not agree on any person to be appointed as the care-taker Prime Minister, within three days of the dissolution of the National Assembly, they shall forward two nominees each to a Committee to be immediately constituted by the Speaker of the National Assembly, comprising eight members of the outgoing National Assembly, or the Senate, or both, having equal representation from the Treasury and the Opposition, to be nominated by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition respectively.

Similarly, if Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Provisional Assembly do not agree on any person to be appointed as the care-taker Chief Minister, within three days of the dissolution of that Assembly, they shall forward two nominees each to a Committee to be immediately constituted by the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly, comprising six members of the outgoing Provincial Assembly having equal representation from the Treasury and the Opposition, to be nominated by the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition respectively.

These Committees are required to finalize the name of the caretaker Prime Minister or caretaker Chief Minister, as the case may be, within three days of the referral of the matter to it. However, if the committees fail to decide about the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister, as the case may be, the names of the nominees shall be referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan for final decision within two days.

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