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Leader of the Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, — File Photo

PPP, PML-N might have agreed on a name: Nisar’s ‘solo flight’ threw spanner in the works

ISLAMABAD, March 20: The PPP and the PML-N might have reached an agreement on caretaker prime minister had the leader of opposition in the now dissolved National Assembly not thrown a spanner in the works.

Dawn has learnt that by holding a press conference on Tuesday evening Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan took a solo flight and nearly caused a crash.

Throughout Wednesday the capital was abuzz with discussions in political circles that the leader of opposition had stopped Senator Ishaq Dar from holding negotiations with senior PPP leader Khurshid Ahmed Shah.

A senior leader of the PML-N said: “Soon after the media started reporting on Tuesday evening about a meeting between Senator Dar and Mr Shah in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar made an emergency telephone call to Mr Dar from Lahore and stopped him from meeting PPP leaders.”

If the PML-N leader was to be believed the two exchanged hot words when Chaudhry Nisar reminded Mr Ishaq of his role as leader of the opposition in the selection of caretaker prime minister.

Under the Constitution, it is a prerogative of the leader of the house and that of the opposition to hold formal consultations for the selection of caretaker prime minister.

The PML-N leader said: “Soon after stopping Senator Dar from holding any discussion with the PPP leaders, Chaudhry Nisar held a press conference in Lahore declaring that the matter of selection of caretaker prime minister has now gone to an eight member parliamentary committee because he has formally sent four nominations (from the opposition) to the assembly secretariat.”

Chaudhry Nisar also had doubts about the parliamentary committee being able to evolve within three days consensus on the name of caretaker prime minister and said he believed the matter would eventually be decided by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Talking to Dawn, Khurshid Shah confirmed his meeting with Senator Dar on Tuesday evening in which the latter had asked him to bring in new names so that the matter could be settled at the level of the prime minister and the leader of opposition.

“Senator Dar told me that his party chief Mian Nawaz Sharif was willing to consider new names of good reputation if the PPP leadership had in mind. I proposed the names of human rights activist I.A. Rehman, Babar Ali of Packages (pvt) Limited, Abdul Hayee Baloch and Mehmood Khan Achakzai. I even asked Senator Dar that the PPP had complete trust in him if he wanted to become caretaker prime minister,” Mr Shah claimed. He said Mr Dar reciprocated and suggested the name of Raza Rabbani.

The PPP leader said Senator Dar had sought some time to discuss the matter with his party leaders. “But when I called him in the evening, Senator Dar told me that his hands were tied as Chaudhry Nisar had already sent the names for the parliamentary committee.”

According to the PML-N leader, when the development was reported to Mr Sharif who was in Dubai on his way to Lahore from London, it was too late to discuss the new names with the PPP because by that time Chaudhry Nisar had announced his decision to go to the committee.

But he said it was on Mr Sharif’s intervention that Chaudhry Nisar had accepted changes in the names for the committee from the PML-N side.

The PML-N leader claimed that initially the names of Khawaja Asif, Zahid Hamid, Ishaq Dar and retired Lt-Gen Ghulam Qadir Baloch had been finalised, but later they were replaced by Senator Pervez Rasheed, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Nasir.

Comments (12) Closed

Saud Mar 21, 2013 06:50am
These no name 'secret source' stories serve no purpose than to tarnish the image of a party. Need to be avoided by reputable newspapers.
akhter husain Mar 21, 2013 07:15am
The procedure for selecting care taker PM is under test.Let us wait until the authorized time period expires.The democratic forces seem to be getting mature.Let us trust them unconditionally.
gangadin Mar 21, 2013 10:10am
This guy is neither 'chaudhry' nor 'khan'.
Ahmed Mar 21, 2013 11:22am
This guy is always bent upon to sabotage political process. Really a stubborn person.....!
janderbari - malikpur Mar 21, 2013 12:28pm
It is not a matter of ch nisar, we forget zardari who is master of all games, he doesn't have any care about country or nation, he only plays games. ch nisar is a straightforward person and what he had experience he share with the nation. We should support democracy but be aware of zardari!
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 21, 2013 01:02pm
this chap is trying to fool the people by his tactic 'hard to get' but secretly both parties have come to terms to punish PTI and musharaf's party - the truth will be out of the bag very soon and the intelligent people will throw them out - they will cry 'wolf' and say elections rigged.
Iqbal Mar 21, 2013 01:13pm
This is not the first time he has taken "solo flight"
Karachi Wala Mar 21, 2013 03:28pm
You may have a point but if true, this is not the first time Ch. Nisar has played the role of a spoiler.
ali Mar 21, 2013 05:36pm
just get MUSHY DOWN NOW, he will fix all !
Fahim Khan Mar 22, 2013 05:14am
Nawaz Sharif again visiting Pakistan this week so let's hope for a resolution.
S. A. M. Mar 22, 2013 06:13am
It seems in PML N each leader is going in a different direction. what a chaos, what a mess! It is apparent that not only they have to manage the tough competition with other political parties but also within its own ranks. Is it too difficult to predict their future?
Iqbal Mar 22, 2013 08:49am
Spot on !