Interim prime minister: PML-N overhauls list of caretaker candidates

PML-N had earlier circulated a list of seven candidates for caretaker prime minister among opposition parties.


Abdul Manan January 25, 2013
The sources said PML-N will announce its candidates in a joint meeting with the opposition parties PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE:


The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has overhauled its list of candidates for caretaker prime minister – only one name has been retained from the previous list and the remaining five have been dumped, The Express Tribune has learnt.


Meanwhile, two new names have been included in the list.

According to sources privy to the development, the decision was taken in a consultative meeting between PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other senior party leaders on Thursday to discuss the interim set-up before the upcoming general elections. It came after Nisar briefed the PML-N top brass of his latest meetings on the matter with opposition party leaders inside and outside the assemblies, they added.

The PML-N had earlier circulated a list of seven candidates for caretaker prime minister among opposition parties. It comprised Sardar Ataullah Khan Mengal, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Rasul Bux Palejo, Asma Jahangir, Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan and the late Qazi Hussain Ahmed.



Following Qazi Hussain’s death, however, the party decided to revamp the list, retaining only Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s name, said the sources. They refused to divulge the names of the candidates on the new list.

According to the sources, Nisar informed the Sharifs during the meeting that he asked the leaders of opposition parties to suggest two candidates each for the post of the caretaker prime minister and chief ministers. The sources said PML-N will announce its candidates in a joint meeting with the opposition parties after receiving their suggestions.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Nisar said opposition parties were in agreement over two points: that their respective leaders will finalise the list of candidates for caretaker prime minister in a formal meeting and that all parties would recommend two names for the caretaker chief ministers.

He maintained that once the interim set-up is put in place, PML-N would demand the replacement of all four governors because of their political affiliations.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2013.

COMMENTS (19)

Nadeem Sajjad ch | 8 years ago | Reply

asslam o alaikum to all pml n leaders and all friends, i am nadeem from sahiwal punjab pakistan, i love pml n party and party leaders , kindly show the NA 161 pml n strong canidate, this time Ch muhammad ashraf NA 161 is a great party worker and strong canidate in Na 161 area,kindly urgently announce the tickets in our areas , this time i am and my all friends dishard, not show the canidates in sahiwal, all partie canidates working in this time areas, i am waiting your good reply, i shall be very thankful to you for this favor. Nadeem Sajjad ch sahiwal

Prosperous Pakistan | 8 years ago | Reply The names floated by PML N are worthwhile. I think led by Achakzai Saab, if other mmebers join as his cabinet members, this will be dream team for a stable and prosperous Pakistan. Although Asma Jahangir is not an acceptable name for the conservative approached masses, we must understand that she will be the first choice of the leftist from the list. So she really deserves a cabinet slot in my dream team. Dr Atta although is a man of good repute, but surely neither a masiha nor a revolutionary leader.
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