ECP nominates Justice (retd) Dost Mohammad Khan as KP caretaker CM

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced Justice (retd) Dost Mohammad Khan as the caretaker chief minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
The announcement was made by ECP spokesman after a consultative meeting of the electoral body.
The matter was earlier forwarded to the electoral body after the parliamentary committee constituted to nominate the caretaker chief minister was unable to finalise a candidate for the post.
The matter to finalise the name for the interim slot was forwarded to ECP after a six-member parliamentary committee constituted by K-P Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and comprising Shah Farman, Atif Khan and Mehmood Khan from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Noor Saleem Khan, Mehmood Khan Betani and Mufti Fazal Ghafoor of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) representing the opposition, failed to reach consensus on the issue.
The opposition had given the names of Manzoor Afridi, a cousin of Javed Afridi who owns the Peshawar Zalmi team, and Justice (retd) Khan while the government nominated retired bureaucrats – Himayatullah Khan and Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi.
The committee was formed on Friday due to consistent disagreements between the provincial government and the opposition. Although the K-P government completed its five-year tenure on May 28 and the provincial law department issued a notification dissolving the assembly but the name of caretaker chief minister remained in limbo after PTI’s withdrawal of Manzoor Afridi’s nomination for the interim slot, K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Opposition Leader Maulana Lutfur Rehman failed to agree on a candidate.

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