While negotiations have reportedly begun to bring in an interim government to overlook the upcoming parliamentary polls, social media has unleashed a frenzy of opinion polls regarding the most favoured choice for a caretaker prime minister.
A survey conducted on the social networking website Facebook revealed on Wednesday that a majority of respondents are vouching for prominent intellectual Javed Jabbar.
Jabbar, who was once associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party, is the leading choice amid three other potential candidates with a total number of 60 votes in just the first couple of hours of initiating the poll.
The other two popular candidates are former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir and former finance minister Shaukat Tarin with 40 and 39 votes, respectively.
Pakistan’s permanent representative in the United Nations Hussain Haroon finished at the bottom of the poll with 16 respondents wanting to see him occupy the key slot.
Media reports published recently suggested the names of Asma Jahangir and Hussain Haroon were being considered for the post of caretaker prime minister.
Jahangir, however, who is known for her blunt criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, denied having any knowledge of such developments: “It cannot be true because I don’t know anything about it.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2012.