Hasan Askari appointed as caretaker CM Punjab

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Hasan Askari appointed as caretaker CM Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan in a meeting on Thursday decided the name of Prof. Hassan Askari as the Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab.

After failure of the opposition and the government to strike a consensus over the name for the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, the election commission decided the name of Hassan Askari as interim chief minister of the province.

The election body nominated Askari to lead the caretaker setup in the province after the government and opposition members failed to reach over a consensus on the matter.

The election commission selected the name of Hassan Askari from the four names proposed by the government and the opposition.

After withdrawing the name of former bureaucrat Nasir Mahmood Khosa <link> for caretaker chief minister of Punjab, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has proposed two new names for the slot.

The parliamentary panel comprises of the equal number of members from the government and opposition failed to decide the name of the interim chief minister, consequently the matter reached to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

A committee of the commission headed by the Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza nominated Prof. Hassan Askari as the Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab with a consensus in a meeting today.

An official of the ECP while responding to a question about the caretaker setup in Balochistan, said that the commission will announce the name of the interim chief minister of the province tomorrow (Friday).