Ashraf seeks names for caretaker PM from Ch Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday requested the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to propose the names of persons who, in his opinion, are eminently qualified to be appointed as the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan.

In a letter sent to the opposition leader, the PM said that you know, the National Assembly will be achieving the milestone of completing its tenure by the middle of next month. “It will be a historic achievement signifying the maturity and sagacity of the political parties in the country. This singular achievement will go a long way in strengthening democracy and establishing supremacy of the will of the people of Pakistan,” he maintained in the letter.

He further wrote that all the political parties, within and outside parliament and national institutions, deserve special compliments and praise for their continued support to the democratic process during the last five years. “The country is now poised for general elections with the likely dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiry of its term,” he added.

“It is imperative that we initiate the process under Article 224 of the Constitution to reach a consensus on the appointment of caretaker prime minister, who could uphold the national interest and ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country,” he said and added that the people of Pakistan rightly expect us to rise to the occasion and agree upon the most suitable person as caretaker prime minister and pave the way for holding general elections in an impartial, fair and transparent manner. “Let us enable the people of Pakistan to express their will in an exemplary environment and ensure smooth transition of power to the next elected government,” he added.

“I would be grateful if you could forward your nominations at the earliest so that we may arrive at a consensus on the care taker prime minister, prior to the dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiry of its term; otherwise, we will be constrained to proceed further in the matter as per Article 224 (A) of the Constitution,” he concluded.