PTI may seek ECP’s intervention over caretaker CM

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  • Party suggests names of Tassaduq Jilani and Ishrat Hussain for caretaker PM

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) if no consensus is reached with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to appoint caretaker Punjab chief minister.

The PTI has decided to form electoral alliances both at the national and provincial levels for the upcoming polls, with the main focus on countering their opponents — the ruling PML-N party and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

The PTI has prepared a separate electoral and political strategy for every province, which mainly focuses on countering the PPP in Sindh and the PML-N’s electoral alliance in Punjab, with seat adjustment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan with like-minded parties.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has tasked Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other party leaders to contact like-minded parties for seat adjustments. However, the PTI would still prefer to support independents where its own candidates are not viable.

It has also been decided to start a mass contact campaign from next month and the party has instructed district leaders to prepare a schedule of public meetings to be addressed by Imran.

Meanwhile, the PTI has also decided to take into its folds the disgruntled leaders of PML-N and has asked its leaders to contact such political figures.

The party has also decided that the PPP and the PML-N will not be allowed to make any convenient arrangement about the caretaker setup and will soon give its proposals for a caretaker prime minister to the opposition leader.

Meanwhile, the PTI has proposed names of former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Hussain for the caretaker prime minister.

According to sources, a meeting at Bani Gala that was presided over by Imran Khan approved the two names for the caretaker PM.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi has been entrusted the responsibility to deliver these names to opposition leader Khurshid Shah and is likely to meet him soon.