No room for technocrat caretaker set-up: Kaira

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Saturday said that there was no room for technocrat caretaker government as politicians could better manage the affairs of the country. Talking to mediapersons outside the Parliament House, Kaira said that in the presence of a host of honest and clean politicians, there was no need to ask technocrats to work as caretakers. He said that Pakistan was created by the politicians, who could better run its affairs. Responding to a question, Kaira said that the negotiating team of government would visit Lahore on Sunday to hold talks with Minhajul Quran Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. In the meeting, Minister for Law Farooq H Naek will present a detailed report, highlighting various constitutional aspects of implementing the Islamabad Declaration, he added. The negotiating team has already held a meeting with the Election Commissioner of Pakistan, besides consulting leading constitutional experts, he said. Replying to another question, Kaira said former chief of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Tauqir Sadiq was appointed as chief executive by former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on the recommendation of a committee and latter could not be blamed for the sins of his any appointee. Regarding transparency in the appointment, he said a committee had short-listed four candidates out of total 17 candidates. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had not appointed Tauqir Sadiq, he added. Responding to a query, Kaira said media should focus on court verdicts rather than highlighting remarks during the proceedings in order to avoid creating sensation.