People’s Party picks Zaka Ashraf & Jalil Jilani for interim PM

Zaka Ashraf

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party finalised two names for the interim PM: former PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani, a former Pakistani ambassador to Washington.
Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto finalised the names.

Zardari called the two nominees of the party on phone, telling them that they have been chosen for their hard work and honesty. Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has forwarded the names to PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The party has also summoned a session at Zardari House in Islamabad on Monday to discuss the caretaker setups in the Centre and Sindh.

The current government’s term ends May 31. A caretaker setup will then take over and hold the general elections in the next 60 days.

On May 18, PM Abbasi and Khursheed Shah had to cut short their meeting at Parliament House as the PM had to fly to Turkey on an official visit.

The next meeting will happen on Tuesday (today) when the PM returns. It is expected that the name will be revealed on Tuesday.

“The PM and I will announce the name of the caretaker PM together,” said Shah on May 18. “Consultation is still going on.”According to sources, the PM and Shah will again deliberate upon the names of former State Bank governor Shamshad Akhtar and former chief justices Nasirul Mulk and Tasadduq Jillani for caretaker PM. Other names are former Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, former ECP secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan and former Senate chairman Muhammad Mian Soomro.

On May 11, Shah had said he will reveal the name of the caretaker PM on May 15. Shah had told the media on May 11 that he and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had agreed upon a name for the caretaker PM. “It’s a secret for now,” he said. “I will announce the name on May 15.” According to Shah, they have yet to make the name public because of the media’s tendency to create hue and cry about every other issue. “I am good at keeping secrets,” said Shah. “I will not reveal the name ahead of time.”

On May 16, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly said that he will make the name public in another two days. “I will have the final meeting with the PM in two days,” he said that day. “Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari gave me the right to choose the caretaker PM.”

On the other hand, Pakistan People’s Party has finalised three names for the interim Sindh chief minister. They are considering the former chief secretary Fazlur Rehman, former election commissioner Sonu Khan Baloch and Zahid Qurban Alvi, who was the caretaker CM in 2013. Rehman has also served as the secretary of ports and shipping.

The provincial government completes its tenure on May 28, 2018.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has finalized the names of Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Tassaduq Jilani and Ishrat Hussain for caretaker prime minister.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discussed these names with Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah during their meetings.

An announcement is expected to made today after a meeting of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Khursheed Shah.

Earlier, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had finalized the names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for caretaker PM.

Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah had given these names to PM Abbasi after consultations with both party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Reportedly, Asif Zardari phoned both the nominees separately and informed them, expressing hope that no one would have any objections to them for they are experts in economics, banking and administrative affairs.

Zaka Ashraf had previously served as Chairman of PCB while Jalil Abbasi Jilani had served as Pakistan s ambassador to US.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday dismissed names tabled by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the post of caretaker premier.

As per details garnered, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry held a presser here in federal capital today stating that party’s top brass had unanimously rejected the names proposed by Zardari-led PPP for caretaker prime minister.

“PPP has proposed two names [Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas] for caretaker premier. We will have to wait and look that whether Abbasi [incumbent premier] accept or reject these names”, stated Chaudhry while adding at the same time that names proposes by PTI were more suitable.

While lambasting ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Chaudhry taunted that lies are as essential for PML-N as oxygen for living beings.

Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party has finalized the names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for caretaker PM.

According to information received by Dunya News, Opposition Leader has given these names to PM Abbasi after consultations with both the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-Chairman Asif Zardari. – NNI