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ISLAMABAD: A bipartisan committee, tasked with reaching consensus over the selection of a caretaker prime minister has failed to reach a consensus in selecting a caretaker prime minister, DawnNews reported.

The issue will now be handed over to Election Commission on Pakistan (ECP).

The ECP will have to finalise one name out of four, two each from the prime minister and the opposition leader.

The ECP has called for a meeting to be held on Saturday in Islamabad.

The Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim will leave Karachi for Islamabad, sources said.

Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, a member of the committee said that it was unfortunate that politicians had not been able to reach a decision on the selection of a caretaker premier.

Ghulam Bilour, a member of the bipartisan parliamentary committee, said that they will accept whatever decision is made by the ECP.

Earlier on, Pakistan Peoples Party leader and a member of the bipartisan panel for the selection of a caretaker premier, Syed Khurshid Shah, said a breakthrough had taken place in today's meeting of the parliamentary committee.

However, another member of the committee from PPP, Farooq H Naek, said the panel members were adamant on their respective positions.

Earlier today, the bipartisan committee constituted to reach a consensus on the name of the caretaker PM began its meeting for a third day.

In its sessions over the last two days, the committee scrutinised the names of PML-N nominees Rasul Bakhsh Palijo, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and PPP nominees Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and Dr Ishrat Hussain.

The members of the bipartisan committee are Sardar Mahtab Abbasi, Sardar Yaqoob Nasir, Pervez Rasheed, Saad Rafiq, Chaudhry Shujaat, Farooq Naek, Khurshid Shah and Ghulam Bilour.

Panel members had denied that a deadlock existed between the two parties, saying the issue would be resolved at the committee level.

Comments (16) Closed

fasihul Haque khan Mar 22, 2013 10:57am
Hope the consensus for care taker prime Miinister will be developed in the Name Dr Isharat Hussain ex Governor of state such crisis only he can deliver to the nation.He has good relation to IMF,World Bank and all financial institutions
Different View Mar 22, 2013 12:42pm
The person will be a caretaker PM just for a few weeks. It is surprising they can't reach a consensus on one person.
Shah Mar 22, 2013 12:46pm
The prime duty of the caretaker PM is holding fair and free elections. With the magnitude of problems the nation is facing it is very hard to deliver in such a small time. Ishrat Hussain will just get another tranche released from IMF...nothing but more burden.
VGP Mar 22, 2013 02:12pm
What a country. First they dont even trust the running goverment, neither do they trust others. 1st country I have heard which needs a neautral person to run a fair election
Aamir Mar 22, 2013 02:25pm
Corrupt politicians will always think for their own interests, never think for the country and that is the reason of this dead lock. Wish this issue goes to CEC and hope he decides the right person. Most important for the country now is free and fair election so people true representative come in power.
citizen Mar 22, 2013 03:17pm
If IMF, WB and other financial institution could get us out of our mess we would not be where we are.
Ash Mar 22, 2013 03:43pm
They should commit to same number of hours for just selecting a PM for a short period of time for the betterment of the Pakistani masses once they will be in the parliamnet. I have not seen anyone in my lifetime working hard for the people of Pakistan :-))
M.Asghar Mar 22, 2013 05:31pm
It is good that the ECP will decide for the caretaker PM to ensure fair and transparent elections for all the parties involved.
Pakistani Mar 22, 2013 05:59pm
ECP is responsible for free and fair election not the caretaker PM. People please learn your country's laws and get out and vote.
Riaz Mar 22, 2013 06:21pm
As per the constitution, the care-taker PM can be extended upto two years in case of Emergency. The Law and Order situation in Pakistan is not so good, and both parties are scared that the candidates they have fielded may extend the term and delay the elections.
rana1 Mar 22, 2013 07:04pm
why not ask the army to step in for a few weeks,after all pakistan is in need of baton rule,maybe the army may do some good/bad.Still nothing to loose as pakistan has turned into a failed nation even under so called demon-crazy rule.
abdulkk1 Mar 22, 2013 07:06pm
In my view, all these politician must quit politics forever.
iffti Mar 22, 2013 09:45pm
Please note the duty of care taker prime minister is not to hold elections which is the responsibility of election commission. His duty is to run the country on day to day basis.
Mustafa Razavi Mar 23, 2013 12:56am
Dr. Ishrat Hussain is head and shoulders above any other person among these four, both in moral rectitude, demonstrated ability and education
imtiaz Mar 23, 2013 01:38am
Duty of PM and President is keep filling our ever expanding begging bowl. Dr Isharat Hussain is thus more suitable among given names.
Saqib Mar 23, 2013 01:50am
I guess Nasir Aslam Zahid is a good choice.