Islamabad Politics Report: Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday held a meeting at the PM house with National Assembly’s (NA) Opposition leader Khursheed Shah regarding the matter of interim government and to hammer out consenus on the name of caretaker prime minister.
The term of the incumbent government is going to end on May 31 after which an interim setup would take charge and oversee the arrangements for the next general election scheduled to be held either at the end of July or first week of August.
Under the constitution of Pakistan, prime minister of the country appoints the his interim successor after consultation with the opposition leader.
Following the consultations,both the sides will come up with three names each before agreeing on one of them.
The leaders shared their suggestions for the caretaker PM after consultation from ruling party’s, allies and the opposition.
As per sources, both the leaders shed light on the current political situation as well the annual budget to be announced in May.
Shah had previously announced on Monday that the opposition has yet to name their nominees, after the second meeting with PM Abbasi regarding the election of caretaker PM.
He had stressed that electing the right caretaker to ensure free and fair elections is significant as it will decide Pakistan’s fate for the next five years.
Shah while addressing the media on Monday had said that we all have to safeguard democracy so if the PM and opposition fail to elect a caretaker, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will decide a caretaker PM from the nominations.