Parvez Elahi, Hamza Shahbaz fail to agree on Punjab caretaker CM

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LAHORE: Punjab Governor Baligh ur Rehman directed Speaker Sibtain Khan to constitute a parliamentary committee for the selection of a caretaker chief minister as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) failed to reach a consensus on the nominees for a caretaker chief minister.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the governor confirmed that CM Parvez Elahi and the Leader of the Opposition Hamza Shehbaz failed to reach a consensus on the nominees for the top slot.

 

“Consequent to the fact that the chef minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Provincial Assembly of Punjab have not agreed on any person to be appointed as the caretaker chief minister within the stipulated time-frame in terms of Article 224(1A) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, you are hereby required to fulfil your obligation in the manner prescribed in Article 224A(2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, under intimation to the undersigned,” the summary read.

The provincial legislature stood dissolved on Saturday two days after the summary was sent by the chief minister to the governor who did not approve it.

PTI sent its nominees on Sunday while PML-N shared its recommendations on Tuesday for the office, hours before the deadline.

CM Elahi and Hamza had 10pm till Tuesday to agree on a name for the caretaker chief minister, however, they failed to agree after which the governor directed the speaker to proceed with the formation of a parliamentary committee.

Now, a bi-partisan panel will be formed comprising three members each from the treasury and opposition benches to whom two nominees will be sent and they will have three days to come to a conclusion.

In case of disagreement, the matter will be decided by the Election Commission of Pakistan.