ECP to decide KP caretaker CM after committee fails to reach consensus


PESHAWAR: The parliamentary committee constituted to decide the candidate for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) caretaker chief minister has decided to forward the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after the committee failed to reach a consensus on the matter.

The meeting of the committee was held on Saturday where discussions were conducted over the issue of the caretaker chief minister and other government officials.

Former member of provincial assembly (MPA) Mehmood Betani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) had said that three representatives each from the JUI-F and the government will participate in the meeting.

On the other hand, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Sardar Hussain Babak had criticised former KP chief minister Pervez Khattak and former opposition leader Lutfur Rehman for deciding the committee members without taking other political parties into account.

Likewise, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader Aurangzeb Nalotha also criticised the composition of the committee and demanded representation from all political parties.

After failure by Pervez Khattak and  Lutfur-Rehman to decide on the caretaker chief minister, the parliamentary committee was to make a decision over the matter.

According to sources, former speaker Asad Qaiser and Shaukat Yousafzai met with Khattak and Rehman on Thursday night to discuss four names for the post.

The names of former chief secretary Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi and Himayatullah Khan were suggested by the government while Manzoor Afridi or Justice (r) Dost Mohammad Khan was the proposed choices of the opposition.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday directed Pervez Khattak to reconsider the name of Manzoor Afridi for the position of caretaker chief minister and put forward another name for the position.

On Saturday, it was reported that the KP government and opposition were able to reach consensus on a name for the caretaker chief minister of the province.

Khattak and Rehman had reportedly agreed on Afridi’s name during a one-on-one meeting.




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