ECP selects Hassan Askari as caretaker Punjab CM

Published: June 7, 2018
Professor Hassan Askari

Professor Hassan Askari PHOTO: TWITTER

After the ruling and opposition parties failed to agree on who will be the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, the top poll supervisory body on Thursday nominated renowned educationist and political analyst Professor Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi for the top slot.

Akhtar Nazir, the additional secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), announced Dr Askari’s nomination at a news conference in Islamabad. “The decision to appoint Dr Askari has been taken unanimously.”

Dr Rizvi said he himself got the news of his appointment from television news channels. “I’m thankful for the confidence in my abilities. I will try to fulfill all my responsibilities,” said the newly appointed interim chief executive of Punjab.

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Earlier, former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif had nominated Admiral (retd) Mohammad Zakaullah and Justice (retd) Mohammad Sahir Ali, whereas the then opposition leader in the provincial assembly, Mahmoodur Rasheed, had proposed Prof Hasan Askari and Ayaz Amir for the post.

The four names were the sent to the ECP after the ruling party and the opposition failed to break the deadlock.

Mehmoodur Rasheed said on Wednesday that of all the four names proposed by the PML-N and the opposition Dr Rizvi was the only ‘neutral’ candidate.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Max
    Jun 7, 2018 - 5:12PM

    He will be a superb interim Chief Minister. I know him for last forty-five years. He is honest to his bones, and hardworking gentleman.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jun 7, 2018 - 5:42PM

    I have been reading his articles on this space and I never could digest his ideas about democracy.
    No thanks.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Jun 7, 2018 - 11:49PM

    He is controversial and should withdraw himself.Recommend

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