Photo shows veteran journalist Najam Sethi, who was chosen as the consensus man for the position of caretaker chief minister of Punjab province on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.—File Photo

LAHORE: The caretaker government is a non-political set-up with no political agenda and no authority of policy-making, said the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, Najam Sethi, after being sworn in here on Wednesday.

The well-known journalist and TV anchor was administered the oath of his office by Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood at the Governor House.

Talking to reporters, Mr Sethi said his cabinet would be small and without any political figure. He said he disapproved of protocol or the act of stopping vehicular traffic for dignitaries and that he would like to travel with minimum security.

Mr Sethi said: “As a caretaker chief minister, I have no friend or relative and nobody should misuse my name for taking any benefit. Otherwise action will be taken against him.”

He said the conduct of free and fair elections was the top priority of the caretaker government and added that he would seek guidance from the judiciary and the Election Commission.

Mr Sethi urged the provincial bureaucracy to ensure that elections were held in a transparent manner. “Corruption and nepotism will not be tolerated,” he vowed, warning that stern action would be taken against any official against whom a complaint was received.

He said there was a perception that government officials tried to conceal facts. “I request the media to cooperate with me in this regard. I have been associated with the media and analysing (political) situation (in the country). Now I am in government and will see from where threats are received and what is written on the files and practical steps will be taken accordingly.”

People involved in inciting masses against minorities would not be spared, Mr Sethi made it clear.

He promised measures to improve law and order situation and said he would hold a meeting with the chief justice of Lahore High Court to seek guidance.

In reply to a question, he said his ‘sparrow’ — a reference to his popular television programme — was still free and anyone could catch it if he could.“I am thankful to the former government and opposition for reposing confidence in me.

The caretaker government will come up to the expectations of the people and efficiently discharge its responsibility of holding transparent elections.”

Former legislators Rana Sanaullah, Chaudhry Zaheeruddin, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Shaukat Basra, Raja Riaz and Manzoor Wattoo were present on the occasion.

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YOUSUF HUSSAIN
March 28, 2013 4:34 am
Excellent selection from both sides that shows muturity of political systems and gives to the peoples of Pakistan
IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
March 28, 2013 4:53 am
Good Luck Sethi Sahib.
Muhammad Farooq
March 28, 2013 5:23 am
i love this man.
Hassan Raza
March 28, 2013 5:58 am
Good guy sethi sab...........i wished he joins PTI and and become prime minister and Imran khan as president. or vice versa ........... Both as honest and great leaders
Ch Mahmood Ali
March 28, 2013 6:04 am
Can a dual national be caretaker chief minister of Punjab ?
Jamshed Khan
March 28, 2013 6:10 am
Let's see what good he does in the next few weeks, always criticizing the govts and portraying himself as a saint.
Dodo
March 28, 2013 11:03 am
People of Punjab province are lucky to have a non-political Chief Minister, even if for a short period as a caretaker. I wish we could have some such caretakers in India too. It will provide some respite from the filthy and corrupt politicians, who are ruining both countries.
Muhammad
March 28, 2013 12:07 pm
i hope that he delivers at his maximum level of determination!!! since he is sitting on TV channel show and criticize most of people and now it is his turn.
S. Tanwir Hasan
March 28, 2013 2:00 pm
Mr. Sethi is a lovable personality and I wish him well. He is a light in the murky scenario of Pakistan. I am particularly happy that he is the Chief Minister of the biggest province of Pakistan and if Punjab rules well and becomes model it will be a beacon for other provinces also. I wish whole of Pakistan should be lawfully rule and in this respect Punjab should begin and Punjab be an example. After all Punjab is Pakistan as it represents in all institutions in majority. Let me make it clear I am not a Punjabi but a new Sindhi whose parents migrated from India.
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