ISLAMABAD - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Ch. Nisar Ali Khan’s move to complete his part of the job by suggesting two names for the appointment of caretaker Prime Minister and that too in consultation with all the Opposition parties including those which are not part of the Parliament, has put tremendous pressure on government to respond on the matter.
Sources aware of the development informed TheNation that PML-N has decided not to skip the first stage of consultation process on appointment of caretaker Prime Minister.
Leader of Opposition would not enter into consultation with Prime Minister to evolve consensus on someone to be fill the slot and would insist that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf would choose one of their nominated persons for the slot or refer the matter to the eight members Parliamentary Committee to be constituted by Speaker National Assembly to pick a person from the list of four persons(two each forwarded by the Leader of Opposition and Leader of the House to the Committee).to be made caretaker Prime Minister, the sources added.
It is pertinent to mention here that at the time of appointment of Chief Election Commissioner, Leader of Opposition had rejected the names forwarded by the then Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the government was left with no choice but to choose from the names forwarded by Leader of Opposition in consultation with the Opposition parties. This time too, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has played smartly and put tremendous pressure on the government to select one of the two names forwarded by him.
Sources in the PML-N informed that they would not even consider the names forwarded by government and would insist to have one of their choices to fill the slot of caretaker Prime Minister and subsequently constitute the caretaker Cabinet.
In a Press talk, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has dropped the hint that the two names finalised by them in consultation with the Opposition parties are retired judges and not from the Punjab.
Initially, PML-N had floated some nine names, which included names of four retired judges of superior judiciary and interestingly none of these judges hailed from the Punjab.
The names of nine names floated by PML-N in August last included Mir Balkh Sher Mazari, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Ali Ahmad Kurd, Justice(Retd) Sardar Raza Khan, Justice(Retd) Amirul Mulk Mengal, Justice(Retd) Rasheed A Rizvi and Justice(Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Sources in the PML-N said that out of these four retired judges of apex court, Nisar has finalised the names of two judges and the same would be given to the government at the time of initiation of the process for the caretaker set-up. These sources further said that as the names were finalised in consultation with all the Opposition parties, so PML-N would be in no mood to entertain the two names to be floated by the Prime Minister and would insist that one of the two names given by the Opposition should be accepted. In case of disagreement between the government and Opposition the four names would be forwarded to the eight-member committee to be constituted by Speaker National Assembly with four members each recommended by the Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition.
Sources in the PML-N informed that they wanted the government to select one of the names finalised in consultation with the Opposition parties or let the matter referred to the CEC for decision, as the eight members committee to be formed by the Speaker would again have equal strength of PPP led coalition government and PML-N.
Meanwhile, Nisar Ali Khan, said on Monday that Opposition was trying to create conducive conditions to allure self-exiled Baloch nationalist to talks.
Speaking to the media outside the Parliament, Nisar said that government had not done anything to help the Baloch people, and now the Opposition, alongwith all other parties, wanted to form a platform to talk to self-exiled Baloch leaders, who are reluctant to talk to the government.