- Azam Khan died yesterday due to a heart attack.
- Mahmood Khan, Akram Khan Durrani will discuss.
- Both the leaders will have to decide the name in three days: Sources
Peshawar: An important meeting will be held at the CM House on Sunday (today) to discuss the appointment of the acting Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, official sources said. geo news,
A day earlier, Muhammad Azam Khan – who was the former interim CM of the province – died at the age of 89 after falling ill and suffering a heart attack.
Azam was appointed the acting chief minister in January this year after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government dissolved the provincial assembly.
Sources said former KP chief minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MP (PTI-P) leader Mehmood Khan and opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani will hold a meeting to discuss the appointment of the new CM.
He also said that both the leaders will have to decide on a name within three days.
Durrani said that after Azam’s death, a political crisis has arisen in the state, although the matter will be resolved today.
“I will discuss the appointment of interim CM with readiness. I will also convince Mahmood Khan as no one rejects my suggestions,” he said.
The opposition also said that the name of acting CM could be a politician or a bureaucrat.
A day earlier, KP Advocate General Aamir Javid had written a letter to Governor Ghulam Ali and presented his legal opinion on this matter.
Javid, in his letter, suggested the Governor to invoke Article 224 of the Constitution. He wrote, “Former CM and opposition leader should be invited to discuss the appointment.”
He also stressed that the appointment should be completed within three days.
PTI does not accept CM’s words
Meanwhile, PTI leader Zaheer Khan Tooru said the party will not accept a new chief minister whose appointment has been decided by the former CM and opposition leader.
Toru said he would approach the court if the new chief minister was appointed by Khan and Durrani. He further stressed that the matter should be resolved in a constitutional manner, saying that the Governor should not make his own formulas.
“The new CM chosen by Mahmood Khan, Ghulam Ali and Akram Khan Durrani will be political,” he said, adding that level playing field is not expected from the elected CM.
Who will appoint new KP interim CM?
According to Article 224 of the Constitution, the Governor of the province approves the appointment of the acting Chief Minister after the name decided by consensus is put forward by the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition.
Under Article 224-A, if there is no consensus on the name of the acting Chief Minister, the matter is referred to the Provincial Assembly Committee consisting of members from both the opposition and the ruling party.
And if the committee also fails to reach a consensus, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) chooses the acting Chief Minister from among the names proposed by the government and the opposition.
The Caretaker Cabinet is also appointed on the recommendation of the Caretaker Chief Minister.
The Constitution clearly states that the acting Prime Minister or Chief Minister is appointed with the consent of the Leader of the House (Prime Minister) and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly. According to the Constitution, the same method is followed in the Provincial Assembly also.
According to the Constitution, in the event of no consensus between the opposition and the government, the appointment of a caretaker chief minister falls entirely under the jurisdiction of the provincial assembly or ECP.
The Senate and the National Assembly have no role in the appointment of the caretaker Chief Minister.