ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - After failing to reach on any consensus to pick one name as caretaker prime minister by raising certain objections on each other nominees, both the government and opposition sides have now started considering the third option -- Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) -- as a 'constitutional tier', which somehow also reflects their unwilling to choose any name in parliamentary committee.
The Election of Pakistan (ECP) - the third constitution tier - will take up interim Prime Minister matter today (Saturday) and most probably to finalise any name Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid or Dr Ishrat Hussain in its first parley.
Central leader of PML-N Ishaq Dar sharing his comment was of the view that third constitutional tier is still there to pick one name. "Parliamentary committee deliberated matter with the spirit of democracy but could not reach on any consensus," Dar maintained.
A PPP stalwart Naveed Qamar having equally same views did not consider it failure of politicians. "One stage is still there to select one name, which is constitutional in all aspects," said a former federal minister.
It would not be out of place to mention here that soon after proposing the name from both government and opposition sides various objections came to surface on each other's nominees.
As after crossing the first stage the dialogue between Leader of Opposition and Leader of House and Prime Minister, the former has even commented before the start of proceeding by parliamentary committee that matter might not resolve in the committee.
Nisar, on the last day of parliamentary committee, also dropped a hint that no one should have any objections if the parliamentary committee formed failed to reach any consensus and matter were referred to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
For the coveted post of caretaker PM, the government has nominated Dr Ishrat Husain and Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, while the PML-N has proposed the names of Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Rasool Bux Palijo.
Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid was born 3 February 1935. He is son of the first Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Zahid Hussain and his name is reportedly rejected by PPP with these objections. The family of Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid had nominated President Asif Ali Zardari in the murder of Justice Nizam, brother-in-law of Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Nasir Aslam Zahid, who remained the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court and then a judge of the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and Supreme Court of Pakistan, was also reportedly accused a PCO judge. However, the PML-N defended him that he e resigned from the Supreme Court of Pakistan instead of taking oath of the office according to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's PCO. PPP members pointed fingers at the 'close relation' of Justice Nasir with Sharif family.
The PPP's nominee Dr. Ishrat Husain, a banker and economist, who is the Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi was reportedly opposed by PML-N saying he had been General Musharraf's crony, and would serve the interests of international financial institutions.
Dr Ishrat was the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan's Central bank from 2 December 1999 to 1 December 2005. He also lead the National Commission for Government Reforms for two years from May 2006, was alleged by PML-N that the former State Bank Governor Dr Ishrat Hussain had a long association with the World Bank (WB) and was still a WB pensioner.
Whereas, the PPP nominated Dr Ishrat Hussain arguing that the fragile economy needed an expert to handle the affairs during the transition period.
The other names including Rasool Bux Palijo proposed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for caretaker prime minister, was reportedly opposed with the objection that he has a history of rivalry with the People's Party. His son, Latif Paleejo, is in the forefront of making electoral alliances against the ruling party in Sindh.
The fourth name, Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso 81 gained on his age and for being a PCO judge. However, the government side defended that Justice Khoso retired as FSC judge in 1996 during Nawaz Sharif's government and he was not a judge during Musharraf's regime and there was no question of him being a PCO judge.