Parliamentary body fails to evolve consensus on caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary committee for appointment of caretaker prime minister on Friday could not evolve consensus and the matter was forwarded to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which would have to decide the matter by Sunday. The committee held two sessions on Friday to resolve the matter but it could not reach to consensus. “We have failed to evolve consensus and we accept our failure.

The politicians have failed and now the ECP would decide the matter,” Farooq H Naek told media after the second session of the meeting. He said there was a need to further amend the constitution as the committee was bound to discuss the nominations made by the leader of the house and leader of the opposition and it could not go beyond its mandate.

Syed Khursheed Shah said that since this was the first time after 18th and 19th constitutional amendments that the committee was tasked to decide the matter of the caretaker PM, it could not come to the expectations of the nation.

Chaudhry Shujat Hussain expressed his anger over the failure of the committee to decide the matter, stating that the politicians had failed to come to the expectations of the nation.
Mehtab Khan Abbasi said that this is not a failure of any side.

The committee held its deliberations in a cordial atmosphere and we are happy that we tried to reach a consensus, he added. Khawaja Saad Rafique said that it would be wrong to term the talks as a failure and said that all the four individuals nominated were respectable. He said the scope of the committee was limited and hence it could not resolve the matter.

Farooq H Naek said that the committee had time till midnight to appoint a caretaker prime minister and it was also determine whether or not the PML-N members were enjoying full authority to take the final decision pertaining to appointment of the caretaker premiership.

Syed Khursheed Shah said the opposition committee members sought time for consultation with party leadership; hence the meeting was adjourned till 9pm. Pervez Rashid also expressed similar thoughts and said that the last session could have been decisive.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said that all the nominees were of good repute, however he added that at the same time the PML-N had also raised objections on government’s nominees in the committee, but he refused to disclose the same.