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Caretaker chief minister

Congratulations to Mohsin Raza Naqvi, our journalism colleague, for being selected as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab. He will prove that his selection was the right one by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Following a tie over the names submitted to a committee of equal representatives from the opposition and treasury benches, the Election Commission of Pakistan named Mohsin Raza Naqvi as the temporary chief minister of Punjab on Sunday, after Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, the former chief minister of Punjab dissolved the Punjab Assembly on Imran Khan’s instruction, and the procedure for an interim set-up was started. According to protocol, a transitional administration must be established to oversee free and fair elections in the province when the assembly is dissolved.

It is widely accepted that Mohsin Raza Naqvi is a professional, apolitical, and genuinely concerned with the welfare of the general populace, making him the best candidate for the position. His ascension in the media sector began in 2009, when he founded City42, a media industry because it was the first station completely dedicated to covering local news in Lahore. The fact that Naqvi combined existing television and newspaper principles to establish one of Pakistan’s most powerful media empires is indisputable. The fact that he has effectively adapted these notions along the way genuinely distinguishes him as a pioneer of the media sector in Pakistan, and he has done it in a relatively short period of time. City42 was quickly followed by City41 in Faisalabad, Rohi TV, UK44 in England, and 24 News, which covers national news.  He understands politics and how polarization has become rampant over the years. He has witnessed how politicians’ vested interests come into play when resolving matters of public welfare and has always been on the right side of the fence, never falling into the well of media bias or personal power-play, as evidenced by his position as CNN’s youngest regional bureau head. He is the inspiration for me to pursue a career in journalism. The ECP’s decision is commendable because Mohsin Raza Naqvi will be able to resolve current issues and smoothly guide the province toward free and fair elections in these uncertain times when the entire nation is on the verge of an economic meltdown and Punjab has few resources to pull itself out of the depths of political instability. Good luck with your crucial constitutional job, Mr Naqvi. The whole Pakistani media community has every confidence that you will carry out your duties with devotion.

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