Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim chairs a meeting of the ECP. — INP/File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A consultative meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan for the selection of a caretaker prime minister was taking place on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

The meeting was being chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. Members of the ECP from Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were present at the meeting, and the commission's member from Sindh, Justice (retd) Roshan Isani, was available via a video link.

During the meeting, a letter of the bipartisan parliamentary committee constituted to reach a consensus on a name for caretaker PM was also presented.

The meeting was discussing the names submitted by the government and the opposition through the letter. The names are Ishrat Hussain, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Rasool Bakhsh Palijo and Mir Hazar Khan Khoso.

Earlier today, Ebrahim said the commission would arrive at a decision on the matter within two hours' time.

Under the law, the ECP is required to take a decision in two days, with the deadline expiring on the night between March 24 and 25. In case of difference of opinion, the majority view will prevail.

The ball came in the ECP’s court after politicians in the parliamentary committee decided to give up and agreed to hand over the task of selecting the caretaker prime minister to the election commission.

On Friday evening, the bipartisan committee, at the end of their three days of deliberations, announced that the five-member ECP would now choose the man to oversee the general elections.

The scenario had previously been predicted by PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar even before the committee had begun its proceedings. He had said the committee would not be able to decide on a name and the matter would eventually be in the hands of the election commission. The opposition leader had also pushed the idea within his party that the decision on caretaker prime minister should be taken by the ECP.

Nisar’s press conference is said to have played a huge role in spoiling the mood of the committee members representing the government side.

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Comments (17)

March 23, 2013 5:00 am
let see how it comes for the destiny of the pakisatni nation when the decision has finally in the court of ECP
Fida Sayani
March 23, 2013 5:17 am
How ECP can reach a decision in 2 hours? Such a statement from Ebrahim sounds ridiculous.
March 23, 2013 5:57 am
Good luck
Mohammad Farooq
March 23, 2013 6:28 am
These two parties of status quo did not do anything for us in last 5 years. Why we were expecting a miracle from them now?
March 23, 2013 8:13 am
As Chaudhry Shujaat said, it was a sad day for civilian leadership. We will never not know the reason behind it but politicians have given the government back to establishment on a silver plate. Really a sad day.
March 23, 2013 9:12 am
Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid is the only person who has an impeccable honest record and has teh guts to say no to the web of mafias that are ruling Pakistan.
March 23, 2013 9:18 am
You need a political person to handle the situation for next 2-3 months. Best person would Rasool Bux Palijo..
March 23, 2013 9:21 am
It was expected because Nawaz league selected all four candidates from their own party. In fact they should have considered persons from other parties but selfishly they chose all members from their own party. At least PPP gave chance to Chauri Shujjat and Former Railway Minister (Who ate railway in days)
Dr. Muhammad Asif Ali
March 23, 2013 11:09 am
It's good that matter has been referred to ECP which, in essence, a true representative of the whole nation as compared to the bipartisan committee that does not have any representation of those parties who are not in parliament especially the PTI which is an emerging political force that may play a crucial role in the upcoming elections. Moreover, the nation has shown trust in the only decision taken by the parliamentarians i.e. Fakhru Bhai- long live! Dr. Asif
Gerry D'Cunha
March 23, 2013 11:25 am
remember ECP members - do your task honestly - you all be remembered throughout history and a new history written
Gerry D'Cunha
March 23, 2013 11:27 am
khalil:he is anti-mqm
March 23, 2013 11:32 am
It is Mr Ishrat Hussain who since long was tiped. Just wait for couple of hours.
March 23, 2013 12:18 pm
You are wrong. None of PML N proposed candidates have any affilifation with them. Where you live? PPP actually proposed their own Finance Minister, Hafiz Sheikh
March 23, 2013 12:20 pm
I agree. Palejo is the best choice among four. I also think they should have proposed Achak Zai. Unless he wanted to contest the coming election as MNA himself.
March 23, 2013 1:21 pm
ECP hopefully will dump this general perception of Pakistani Awam that judiciary persons present OR retired keep soft corner for PMLN. The care taker PM selection is not for PMLN & PPP but for Pakistani Awam, hope of justice. This is also a perception in public that CEC is unable to face Choudhary Nisar PMLN.
Khalid Palijo
March 23, 2013 4:13 pm
Agree with you. Two hours means the Chief Election Commissioner thinks he has knows the answer already and the other 4 members will follow what he says.
March 23, 2013 8:16 pm
Pakistani politicians are still immature. They should learn from US politicians. They always come to solutions by consensus /bipartisanship.
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