PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah fail to agree on caretaker prime minister

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Talks between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah to decide on a candidate for caretaker prime minister again ended in a stalemate on Friday.

Shah later told reporters that the prime minister requested a meeting on Sunday but later it was decided that the announcement about the caretaker premier would be made on Tuesday.

However, if the prime minister and the opposition leader fail to agree on a name, both will announce three names which will be referred to a parliamentary committee to be formed by National Assembly Speaker, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

"There was a shortage of time as the premier had to leave for the OIC summit in Turkey so we couldn't discuss the matter elaborately", he said. The caretaker government is then setup after the ruling government steps down after finishing tenure. The meeting at the Prime Minister house in Islamabad is underway.

On Thursday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had said that the date for General Elections 2018 will be announced after mutual consultation, an hour after its website mentioned July 31 as the date for the conduct of polls.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he doesn't know whether the names proposed by his party for the position of the prime minister have been considered or not.

Khursheed Shah, in April, had met all the opposition parties to come up with a list of candidates for caretaker PM.

Apart from these names, both the sides also discussed other names including that of former State Bank governors Dr Shamshad Akhtar and Dr Ishrat Hussain, former caretaker PM Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and ex-Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, according to reliable sources.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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