PTI nominees for interim PM surfaces

PTI nominees for interim PM surfaces

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has decided names of former CJP Justice Tasadiq Hussain Jilani and former Governor State Bank Dr Ishrat Hussain for top slot of interim PM.

PTI will forward names of its three nominees each for the next caretaker set-up at the federal and Punjab level.

The party’s senior leadership meeting chaired by PTI chief Imran Khan at Bani Gala decided that PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi will meet with the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to discuss the three names of the PTI nominees for the caretaker prime minister, said PTI Secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry.

He said that the names would be forwarded after a discussion with other opposition parties. He refused to disclose the names at this stage.

Similarly, the meeting decided that PTI leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed would forward the names of three nominees for the next caretaker chief minister to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Rasheed would first discuss the names with other opposition parties.

Under the Constitution, the prime minister or the chief minister of the province concerned has to finalize the names of the caretaker prime minister and interim chief minister in consultation with the leader of the opposition concerned.

The top PTI leadership remained tight-lipped over the names finalized by the party. According to a senior PTI leader, individuals of utmost integrity from the judiciary and the bureaucracy had been shortlisted by the party.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Khursheed Shah had also contacted the PTI to discuss the next caretaker set-up. He said that in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where the PTI is in the power and in Punjab, where it holds the opposition leader’s slot, the party has a constitutional role to finalize the names of the caretaker set-up.

He said that the meeting also discussed that the PTI would formally kick off its general election campaign by holding a “massive” rally in Lahore on April 29.