Two shortlisted for KP’s caretaker CM

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti and Opposition Leader in the provincial assembly Akram Khan Durrani on Tuesday shortlisted two candidates for the office of the provincial caretaker chief minister for the next elections.

The two met at the Chief Minister’s House here and discussed different names for the caretaker chief minister’s office.

Different political parties have floated eight names for the post.

Information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told reporters after the meeting that the chief minister and opposition leader had shortlisted two names.

He said the name of the caretaker chief minister was likely to be announced before March 16.

“I am sure that the name of the caretaker chief minister will be announced after consensus in the next meeting between the two,” he said.

The minister declined to disclose the names of the two shortlisted candidates.

He said if the chief minister and the opposition leader had developed an understanding on the caretaker chief minister’s name, then Mr Hoti would ask Governor Engineer Shaukatullah to dissolve the assembly.

“Under the Constitution, Mr Hoti could remain in the office until March 24,” he said.

During a visit to Mardan earlier in the day, the chief minister told media persons that it seemed difficult for political parties to form electoral alliance at the provincial level but seat-to-seat adjustments or alliance at district level among them was possible.