LAHORE: Najam Sethi, a Popular journalist turned caretaker Chief Minister of country’s largest province to sworn in for the interim post on Wednesday, reported AAJ news.
He was selected by a six-member parliamentary committee comprising three members each from the out-going provincial government of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Sethi graduated from Government College University in Lahore. He received a Master’s degree in economics at Cambridge University in the UK, and spent two additional years there at Clare College as a PhD research student.
Mr Sethi is an experienced caretaker. From among all the names that have been discussed for inclusion in the interim governments tasked basically with the May 11 elections, Mr Sethi is the only one with a previous caretaker term to his credit. He was a federal minister in the caretaker set-up under Malik Meraj Khalid following the dismissal of the Benazir Bhutto government in 1996.
He had been in prison from 1975-1977 during the regime of Z.A Bhutto.
In 2008 and 2009, he was subject to death threats from Islamist groups for his papers’ anti-fundamentalist stances.
Sethi won the 1999 International Press Freedom Award of the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists and the 2009 World Association of Newspapers’ Golden Pen of Freedom Award.
With addition from Monitoring desk