PPP, PML-N agree on appointment of Ishaq Dar as caretaker PM

In this undated photo, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is chairing a meeting.  - APP/FILES
In this undated photo, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is chairing a meeting. – APP/FILES
  • Sources say the committee will take all parties into confidence on Dar’s appointment.
  • Ahsan Iqbal says that if a consensus is reached, Dar will be appointed.
  • Says, the cabinet will be taken into confidence on the interim setup.

Sources said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have agreed to appoint Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar as caretaker prime minister. geo news on Sunday,

sources told geo news That the government committee formed on this matter will take all other political parties into confidence on appointing Dar as caretaker PM.

earlier today, news It was reported that the top leadership of PML-N and PPP had gone to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a meeting.

The report said it is likely that the PML-N and PPP leadership will hold consultations on who will be the caretaker prime minister after the government dissolves the National Assembly in early August.

Dar will be appointed if consensus is reached: Iqbal

Meanwhile, Federal Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said geo news Show “new pakistan”, that if Dar’s name is agreed upon in the board, he will be appointed as caretaker PM.

However, he had said that no decision has yet been taken before him on the appointment of the interim PM.

“Whatever decision is taken, the cabinet will be taken into confidence,” Iqbal said. However, he assured that the appointment of a caretaker prime minister would be agreed upon in the last week of the government’s term as additional agreements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) needed to be implemented.

According to the planning minister, a three-year program has to be drawn up with the IMF in the future and a stable government with a five-year mandate is needed.

Iqbal said, “My personal opinion is that we should hold elections as soon as possible so that a stable government comes and takes the country out of economic difficulties.”

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif formed a five-member committee of the PML-N to hold consultations on the selection of a caretaker prime minister and the dissolution of the National Assembly. news informed of.

Though the provincial assemblies of Sindh and Balochistan will be dissolved next month along with the National Assembly, the panel has no members from outside Punjab.

The committee comprising federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Khawaja Muhammad Asif has been tasked with holding consultations with the political parties and groups that form the current government.

With the formation of the committee, the consultation process has gathered full momentum for the immediate future course of administration in the country.

According to constitutional provisions, the Prime Minister as the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly were to initiate the consultations. Their failure may refer the matter to a parliamentary committee, to be constituted by the NA Speaker.

Meanwhile, if the parliamentary committee also fails to select a caretaker prime minister, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will be the final authority to choose a caretaker prime minister.

Interestingly, political parties and groups outside Parliament have not been taken on board by the government for any such idea. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vice-chairman leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi had urged in the past that his party should also be included claiming to be a major stakeholder for the upcoming elections and relevant arrangements, but the government ignored his plea.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz Ahmed, had planned a meeting with the prime minister on 1 August for preliminary consultations on the selection of a caretaker PM.

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