Chaudhry Nisar announces nominees for caretaker PM

Published: March 6, 2013
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PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: FILE

PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced three names as nominees for the caretaker Prime Minister, Express News reported.

The names proposed included Justice Nasir Alsam Zahid, Shakirullah Jan and Rasul Bakhsh Palijo.

Nisar said that they were unsure whether Jan qualified, but after consulting constitutional experts, it was found that there were no clearly set qualifications for the interim PM slot.

“When we were sure that he qualified, we finalised his name.”

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf last month wrote a letter to Nisar asking him to propose a list of nominees for a care taker Prime Minister.

Within the letter, the premier stressed that the names for care taker set up should be selected prior to the dissolution of the National Assembly due next month.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • M A
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Good Options.Recommend

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Opposition proposed very credible and honest persons nominated by opposition.

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  • Falcon
    Mar 6, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Very reasonable choices put forth. For once, I will give credit to PMLN.

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  • aq
    Mar 6, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Javed Jabbar for care taker Prime misnister.

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  • aq
    Mar 6, 2013 - 8:13PM

    Pervez hoodbhoy for care atker priminster

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  • farhad
    Mar 6, 2013 - 8:40PM

    September 20, 2012
    ISLAMABAD – A petition pleading for immediate stay order regarding induction of caretaker prime minister has been filed in the Supreme Court.
    The petitioner Shahid Orakzai has held the stance that the opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhary Nisar has nominated two former judges of the Supreme Court, however, one of the nominees, Justice Shakirullah Jan retired from his post on August 16, 2012. According to the constitution, Justice Shakirullah Jan cannot hold a public office for two years, he states.
    In addition, Shahid Orakzai has reminded the Supreme Court that the other nominee for the post of caretaker prime minister, namely Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid probed the case in which influential persons Tariq Aziz, Mian Munir, Akhtar Rasool, Chaudhary Tanvir, Sardar Naseem, and Akhtar Mehmood were involved such that they were acquitted at first, but subsequently, they were sentenced for contempt of court charges.
    Through the appointment of Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid as the caretaker prime minister, PML-N wants to give next general elections the colour of the ‘drama’ just like the attack on the Supreme Court, the petition maintains. The petitioner has also warned the Supreme Court that PML-N is deliberately equating the judges with politicians so that it might arouse ‘friendly sentiments’ in the Supreme Court judges.
    The petitioner Shahid Orakzai has said that according to the constitution no judge can be granted any political office. He added that Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan should be stopped from nominating the candidates for the seat of caretaker prime minister as Nisar does not know about the demarcating line between the political administration and judiciary

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  • jsarwar
    Mar 6, 2013 - 9:02PM

    Justice Bhagwan Das is the most suitable and honest person for the post of care taker PM if he accepts.

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  • rt
    Mar 6, 2013 - 10:22PM

    @Nasir Mahmood:
    They are honest. But parties usually nominate folks who are also harmless.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Mar 6, 2013 - 10:26PM

    @ Farhad
    Can you clarify who is Shahid Orakzai? Is he an aggrieved party or another show spoiler like Tahir-ul-Qadri of Canada?
    Isn’t it another attempt of the establishment/”hidden hand” to sabotage the elections process??

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  • Zavia
    Mar 7, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Shaokat Azizz……. oooops!

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  • Mar 7, 2013 - 12:27AM

    I don’t care about the options provided by that guy. He doesn’t hold credibility in my eyes.

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  • Hamza
    Mar 7, 2013 - 3:01AM

    @Saadi
    You don’t get to decide the caretaker PM Recommend

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