‘Pindi’ will decide caretaker prime minister, claims journalist

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    The country remains uncertain about the name of the caretaker prime minister, as both the prime minister and the opposition leader in the National Assembly have yet to disclose their preferences.

    A journalist named Aizaz Syed, based in Islamabad, cited sources and mentioned that even Shehbaz Sharif and Raja Riaz, key figures in the political landscape, are unaware of the chosen candidates. According to his sources, it seems the decision might rest with the military in Rawalpindi.

    Sources claim that Shehbaz Sharif visited the army headquarters on Wednesday night, possibly to finalize the name for the caretaker prime minister.

    In contrast, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has provided names for the caretaker prime minister role, including former Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and former Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani. However, it’s important to note that PPP doesn’t hold the authority to suggest these names.

    Earlier, during a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, a delegation from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan proposed the name of Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori for the role of caretaker prime minister.

    Opposition leader Raja Riaz mentioned that he anticipated a meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, during which they aim to finalize the caretaker prime minister’s name within the next three days. He indicated that further discussions might take place tomorrow as well.

    Raja Riaz clarified that there is no deadlock in the process. He stated that despite the assembly’s dissolution today, there is a three-day window for consultations regarding the caretaker prime minister.

    Raja Riaz was questioned about the possibility of sending the matter to the Election Commission if consensus on three names cannot be reached. In response, he expressed his intention to strive for agreement between himself and the Prime Minister on a single name.

    Regarding the choice between a politician or a bureaucrat for the role of caretaker prime minister, Raja Riaz suggested that the selected individual should gain approval from the public and the media, implying that the decision would be based on widespread acceptance.