PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah’s meeting ends inconclusive on caretaker PM

PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah meeting today over caretaker govt
PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah meeting today over caretaker govt

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday failed to reach consensus on the name for the caretaker premier.
Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi and Khursheed Shah met at the PM house and deliberated over names for caretaker PM.
Another meeting will be held with Prime Minister Abbasi in a day or two to finalise the caretaker premier, Shah informed after the meeting.
The government has suggested names of former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani – also a former chief justice – and former State Bank governor Dr Shamshad Akhtar.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi, who was earlier touted as among the favourites for the post, is missing from the list, reports said.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has finalised the names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for the caretaker prime minister. Khursheed Shah had forwarded these names to PM Abbasi and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had telephoned Ashraf and Jilani informing them of the party’s decision.
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon and former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Hussain are also being speculated for the post.
The current government is expected to conclude its five-year term on May 31, after which the caretaker government will take over to hold the general elections, which are expected to be held in the last week of July or the first week of August.
The caretaker prime minister will lead the interim set-up and attend to day-to-day matters of governance.


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