Wednesday, October 5, 2022

PTI suggests two candidates for caretaker prime minister

Fawad Chaudhry, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), announced on Monday that the party had finalized its nominees for the position of caretaker prime minister.

Outside the Supreme Court, where he was speaking to reporters with other PTI leaders, the former federal minister made the statement.

In a statement, Fawad Chaudhry said the PTI had submitted two names to President Arif Alvi for consideration for the position of caretaker prime minister. He added that if the joint opposition failed to finalize names within seven days, the top candidate from the list of names suggested by the PTI would be appointed as caretaker premier.

President Arif Alvi has addressed a letter to PM Imran Khan and opposition leader in the outgoing National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in regards to the nomination of a caretaker premier, which should be mentioned here.

Imran Khan Niazi will continue to serve as prime minister until a caretaker prime minister is appointed in accordance with Article 224(A) of the Constitution.

“In the event that the prime minister and opposition leader cannot agree on a caretaker prime minister within three days of the dissolution of the National Assembly, they shall forward two nominees each to a committee to be immediately formed by the Speaker of the outgoing NA, comprising eight members with equal representation from the Treasury and opposition, to be nominated by the incumbent PM and opposition leader respectively, in accordance with Article 224(1A),” the letter continued.

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Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition, Shehbaz Sharif, has refused to participate in any consultations for an interim government, which would include a caretaker prime minister, and has stated that they will wait for a decision from the Supreme Court on whether subversion of the Constitution has occurred.

Shehbaz Sharif, speaking at a press conference alongside other prominent opposition figures, stated that he will not participate in the consultation process for the caretaker prime minister. According to him, “the President has subverted the Constitution, and we are now awaiting a ruling against it from the Supreme Court.”

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