ECP members appointment: Chairman Senate, NA Speaker forward names to parliamentary committee

ECP members appointment: Chairman Senate, NA Speaker forward names to parliamentary committee

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Monday has met National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaisar and discussed matter pertaining to appointments of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members.
According to details, the development came after Sanjrani received a letter from Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan regarding the issue.
Sources told that both the leaders deliberated upon the strategies in the light of PM’s letter.
Earlier, PM Office had raised objections on the names recommended by opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner. The suggested names were Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Jalil Abbas Jilani and Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.
Jaleel Abbas Jilani remained principal secretary of former premier Nawaz Sharif and worked as chief secretary Punjab under CM Shehbaz Sharif.
Nasir Mehmood Khosa is considered close to Sharif family and Akhlaq Tarar has also worked as federal secretary.
Shehbaz Sharif maintained that PM Imran should have initiated this process of consultation a long time ago. I am starting this procedure to prevent the ECP from getting non-functional, the PML-N leader added.
The letter by PML-N president also comprised three names each from Sindh and Balochistan for their nominations as the ECP members. From Sindh, the opposition leader had recommended Nisar Durrani, Justice (retd) Abdul Rasul Memon and Aurangzeb Haq.
The names of Advocate Supreme Court Shah Muhammad Jatoi, former advocate general Muhammad Rauf Atta and Rahila Durrani were also proposed from Balochistan.

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