Governor Sindh appoints Justice Zahid Qurban Alvi as interim CM

Published: March 20, 2013

File photo of Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi. PHOTO: sindhhighcourt.gov.pk

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Isharatul Ibad signed the summary to appoint Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi as caretaker chief minister, Radio Pakistan reported Wednesday.

Earlier today, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed had signed the caretaker set up document.

Both the leaders announced the decision in a joint press conference held in Karachi.

As part of the agreement, the charge of interim CM Sindh will be given to Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi.

Justice Alvi will take oath administered by Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and will start his duties as the interim CM from Thursday. Both the parties agreed that Justice (retd) Alvi, a former Sindh High Court judge, was neutral and senior-most amongst all the candidates.

Having taken up their seats on the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly, the MQM had presented its five nominees for Sindh caretaker chief minister.

The names were of Muneeb Ahmad Khan, Justice (retd) Ghaux Muhammad, Habibur Rehman, Nasir Aslam Zahid and Mehmood Alam Rizvi.

The Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed had also revealed the nominees during a press conference. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) nominated Justice retired Deedar Hussain and Justice retired Hamid Mirza,  for the caretaker chief minister.

However, leaders from the PPP, led by CM Qaim Ali Shah, and the MQM, led by Sardar Ahmed Shah, met at the Governor House on Monday but could not evolve consensus on the caretaker chief minister.

The two sides then agreed to select a caretaker chief minister with mutual consent, according to a source, who added that the two names shortlisted were that of Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi and Justice Deedar Hussain Shah. 

Reader Comments (2)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:29PM

    While Justice Zahid Qurban Alvi will take the oath of Care-Taker Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah would have completed his second tenure as Chief Minister of Sindh.

    I wish the Care-Taker Chief Minister that during the short period in his office, he will take ironic steps to end the menace of target killing of innocent people in Karachi.

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  • Abbas
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:18AM

    Why are retired judges mostly nominated for positions of interim leadership? Is it just coincidence or are there some reasons I don’t know about?

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