After The Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N failed to reach consensus on the name of a caretaker Prime Minister, the matter has now been referred to a parliamentary committee to make a decision in three days.


The eight-member committee meets in Islamabad Wednesday afternoon.


Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza Tuesday constituted the committee on appointment of the Caretaker Prime Minister as the PPP-PML-N could not remove the deadlock.


According to the notification the Speaker has constituted the Committee in pursuance of the constitutional provisions.


The PPP named three former cabinet ministers – Syed Khurshid Shah, Farooq Naek and Ghulam Bilour and Chuadhry Shujaat Hussain of the PML-Q while the PML-N nominated four senior leaders for the committee — Senator Pervez Rasheed, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar.


The committee has been mandated to choose a candidate for the position of caretaker prime minister within three days’ time.


Under the constitution, the parliamentary committee has to evolve a consensus on one name for the caretaker prime minister within three days and if it fails, then the matter will go to the Election Commission to finalize one name out of four, who have been proposed by the PPP and the PML-N.


Leader of the opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said Tuesday that the government wants a ‘comprise’ on the appointment of the caretaker prime minister. He alleged that the government had offered the PML-N to appoint a caretaker Chief Minister of its own choice and that the PML-N should not object at the PPP’s choice for the caretaker Prime Minister.


The PPP had initially proposed the names of former Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, former State bank Governor, Dr Ishrat Husain, and a retired judge of the Supreme Court Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the position of caretaker PM.


The PML-N had proposed the names of former top court judges Nasir Aslam Zahid, Shakirullah Jan and a senior nationalist political leader Rasul Bakhsh Palijo.


Both parties later withdrew one name each from their lists and the parliamentary committee will review the names.


Section of the media also reported that both sides are likely to propose new names. But it would be clear on Wednesday when the names are referred to the committee.


  1. It’s a shame that PML-N is hijacked by Ch. Nisar, and the saner elements like Ishaq Dar have gone in the background. Ch. Nisar’s main effort is to let the EC decide the fate of the interim prime minister. Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri rightly raised doubts about the impartiality of the 3 EC members, which PML-N is currently betting on. ML-N is looking at nominating their favourite candidates so polls can be manipulated. This has to be countered by any means possible, and now is the time to do it.