ISLAMABAD - The Parliamentary Committee on Election Commission could not take up any serious deliberations on the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner as Prime Minister Gilani has not yet forwarded the name following the withdrawal of candidature for one of the three nominees withdrew his name.The Parliamentary Committee on Election Commission meeting held under the chair of Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah but as the Prime Minister has not proposed any name, so the committee could not proceed further as on rest of the five names, three proposed by the Leader of Opposition and two by Prime Minster, both the treasury and opposition members had not brought any change in their stand.The committee has asked the Prime Minister to propose a new nominee to fill the gap created by the withdrawal of Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi, who according to the committee chairman, has expressed his non-availability for the job.Parliamentary sources informed TheNation that PPP had played a smart move and the name of Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Avli was withdrawn to break the impasse with the opposition, which had already rejected all the three names proposed by the Prime Minister.These sources said that now Syed Khurshid Shah and some other PPP leaders who equally enjoy respect in the opposition ranks would make some backdoor attempt to evolve consensus on some name, who would later be proposed by Prime Minister Gilani for final approval.By putting the matter of appointment of CEC in limbo by withdrawing one of the Prime Minister’s proposed three choices the issue of settling the matter within time limit would also stretch beyond the stipulated period.Otherwise on receipt of the names from both Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition, the committee is bound to complete the process of finalizing the name with two-thirds strength of the committee within 14 days, which in present case is going to expire today. But as the PPP had played quite smartly by withdrawing one of the proposed candidates by the Prime Minister now the 14-day time for deliberations on evolving consensus.The sources in the opposition informed that Ch. Nisar had made it loud and clear while talking to media that PML-N would not enter into any covert consultation on any matter including the issue of CEC.Earlier, Nisar had rejected all the three names proposed by Prime Minister to him for evolving consensus on the future CEC taking the plea that he could not enter into any sort of consultations with a convicted Prime Minister and he was having the same stand right now, hence chances of breaking impasse on the appointment of CEC in given situation would be next to impossible.The sources further said that PML-N in this case was in a comfortable position as the Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Shakirullah Jan is one of the candidates proposed by the PML-N and if the deadlock persisted the PML-N would be satisfied that a person of their choice is holding the office.After the meeting of the committee Chairman responding to media persons’ questions, said that the committee could not propose any name by itself and have to wait for the names proposed by the Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly. Similarly, no other person or party including MQM or ANP could propose any name for the slot.When asked whether two persons from the list forwarded by Nisar had expressed their inability to be part of the process Syed Khurshid Shah said that the opposition had forwarded the three names and was firm that all the candidates were intact and non of them had withdrawn his candidature.To another question he said that the next general elections would be held on time and a neutral caretaker setup would be erected as per the criteria given for that in the constitution after March 30, 2013.In reply to another question, he said that the Election Commission was responsible for making the people having dual nationality become Members of Parliament. The Election Commission has neither included a column about dual nationality in the documents filled by future MPs before their election nor it was mentioned there that a person having dual nationality could not be elected as member Parliament, he added. Khurshid Shah also said that the clash between MNAs from opposition and government during the Budget session on June 1, was a sad incident and it affected democratic traditions.