Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. — Photo by APP/File

LAHORE: With the government and the opposition in Punjab failing to agree on a name for the position of caretaker chief minister, it appears that the matter will now be delegated to a parliamentary committee, DawnNews reported.

A meeting of the committee has reportedly been summoned for 11 am tomorrow (Sunday) at the Punjab Assembly Secretariat.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) has given four names for the committee members. The names are Rana Sanaullah, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Iqbal Chantar. Whereas, Pakistan Peoples Party has nominated Shaukat Basra, Zulfikar Gondal and Chaudhry Zaheeruddin for the panel.

Ealier today, the PPP withdrew the names of Mian Amer Mahmood and Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa for the position of Punjab’s caretaker chief minister and proposed the names of renowned political analyst Najam Sethi along with that of Justice (retd) Zahid Hussain.

Mahmood is a former Lahore nazim and owner of a media group and Randhawa is a former Punjab chief secretary.

The deadline for reaching a consensus on a name for the province’s caretaker chief minister was to expire at midnight tonight. In case the deadlock persists, the matter will go to the parliamentary committee.

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March 23, 2013 7:30 pm
What if the parliamentary committee also fails to reach an agreement just as the Committee at the Federal level could not come to a consensus? I am not sure whether there is any provision for that kind of a situation for provinces as there is one for the center. It is a shame that both at the center and in the Punjab, the deadlock is due to the PPP and PML(N) having made it a matter of their ego although the caretaker setup is to come in for a very brief period and with very limited terms of reference. Parties in other provinces have shown more maturity. In one or two cases, the means adopted could be called 'foul play' but, according to the profiles appearing in the press, the final choices appear to be good.
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