Parliamentary committee to meet today, KP caretaker CM to be discussed


PESHAWAR: The parliamentary committee constituted to choose and appoint a caretaker chief minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is set to meet today at the KP House Islamabad.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 10 am today where discussions would be conducted over the issue of caretaker chief minister and other government officials, according to former Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Mehmood Betani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).

The former MPA 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 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 Aurangzed 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, a parliamentary committee would have to make 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 (retd) Dost Mohammad Khan were the proposed choices of the opposition.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would have to announce for the post of caretaker chief minister if the parliamentary committee fails.