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PM Ashraf to announce election road-map on Aug 14

Published Jul 15, 2012 04:13pm


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Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf- File Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will announce the roadmap for the next general elections on August 14, 2012, sources said on Sunday.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) held a meeting today to discuss the upcoming general elections.

The sources said that the general elections are expected in the first week of November, however, the prime minister will formally announce the road-map on August 14.

Seven-member team of the PML-N, which included Chaudhry Nisar, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar and Pervez Rasheed, and five-member team of the PPP, which included Khursheed Shah, Aitzaz Ahsan, Raza Rabbani, Farhatullah Babar and Jehangir Badar attended the meeting, the sources said.

It was agreed in the meeting that the prime minister, chief ministers, and other federal and state ministers in the care-taker set-up will be residents of Pakistan. The care-taker prime minister will neither be from the PPP or the PML-N, nor one who has been a member or leader of any other political party, the sources added.

Both the PML-N and the PPP, in consultation with other political parties, will also formulate code of conduct for the general election.

The meeting also decided that NAB references will not be filed against any political leader till the next elections.

The sources also said that the negotiations between the PML-N and the PPP on the care-taker setup were supported by few of the ally countries who wanted politics of reconciliation in the country.

Some media outlets reported that the names of two candidates are being discussed for the post of caretaker prime minister: Abdullah Hussain Haroon, currently Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations and Asma Jahangir, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and former chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).


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Amer Syed Jul 16, 2012 07:44am
Another name is Justice (R) Rana Bhagwan Daas.
Sanj Jul 15, 2012 05:56pm
I hope your words come true. Nothing like a stable and prosperous honest Pakistan.
@Sam_227 Jul 15, 2012 01:09pm
Haroon will the best.As Asme is conteraversal figure.
danooahsan Jul 15, 2012 04:50pm
Thats the problem all of us are biased towards each other
Rahman (UK) Jul 15, 2012 01:11pm
Asma Jahangir -- the care taker Prime Minister of Pakistan. What a great
Muhammad Jul 15, 2012 01:12pm
anyone who becomes caretaker pm should be free from political affiliations, impartial and competent. Does AJ meet these criteria?
Amer Syed Jul 16, 2012 07:47am
Why are we discussing AJ and AHH only ? Don't we have better people in our country?
Dr. Farooq Siddiqui Jul 15, 2012 04:46pm
A VC of a reputed national University, the Governor of the State Bank or the highest non-political tax payer of the country may be considered for caretaker PM !!!
Farrakh Hussain Jul 15, 2012 07:34pm
Did any body missed or I missed something for example NAB will not open the cases against Nawaz Sherif & Co . Farrakh Hussain
king of darkness Jul 15, 2012 06:38pm
what have these two "largest parties" have done in last 4.5 years.. :O
M Adnan Jul 15, 2012 02:49pm
asma Jahangir is a biased person to PPP
logic Europe Jul 15, 2012 01:44pm
A woman of dignity indeed ,brave ,intelligent and a true patriot No body will doubt her competence fairness and even handedness NO JUDGE , GENRAL POLITICIAN OR MEDIA person can influence her
Haroon Ashraf Jul 15, 2012 01:35pm
Kudos for the government and opposition for having to resolve the contentious issue of holding the general elections little before scheduled time. Of late, both the camps have shown great deal of maturity in amicable resolution of , potentially complex issues, which will auger well for the democracy in the country. I believe the evolution of democratic process continue unhindered.
Anonymous Jul 15, 2012 01:40pm
Asma J does not meet the criteria DEFINITELY.
MUHAMMAD MIRZA Jul 15, 2012 09:05pm
Hasib Agh Jul 16, 2012 01:00pm
Former Supreme Court Judge Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid former Army Chief General (R) Wahid Kakar former State Bank Governor Dr.Eshrat Hussain and former Minister Javed Jabar may be the best choice for care taker premier.
nazar Jul 15, 2012 06:31pm
he is too old to hold this office. No doubt he is a right person.
hamza khan Jul 16, 2012 12:00am
how can elections be in november?? didnt this same raja rental state a few weeks ago that elections would be in march 2013? how will the government get ready for elections in 5 months? electoral rolls, the massive logistical arrangements, i find it hard to believe..
Arif Jul 15, 2012 11:57pm
What about Dr. Rahman Malik.. I think he is the best candidate for PM.. hahaha... in my country everything is possible .... :) :)
waqas ahmad Jul 15, 2012 08:39pm
good luck pakistan rulers you are just paly with public votes trips to amercia and live in five star hotel and dual national passport holders enjoy keep it do it same every just like time army time well done job pakistan have a very nice care taker prime minster after gallni out asharf in next one i am not sure how is big vagabond and looter of money enjoy ruling and spend your good time
@SecularPakista1 Jul 15, 2012 01:11pm
Asma will be the most respected and trusted person. She has clean hands and a clean bank account.
imran Jul 15, 2012 08:58pm
Not Asma Jehangir. She's has labile of a personality.
Faizan Jul 15, 2012 06:20pm
hammad Jul 15, 2012 01:36pm
NO, niether Asma jahangir nor Abdullah hussain haroon
Mansoor Sajid Jul 15, 2012 01:33pm
Caretaker PM should be 100% neutral person with excellent track record so that the outcome of the election is accepted by all without any reservations, which has remained the hall mark of the losing parties in the past. Couple with recently appointed neutral CEC, this would play an extremely important role to show to the world that Pakistan still has the strength and resolve to face the issues.
Shahid Niaz Jul 15, 2012 01:40pm
NAB reference against politicians will not be opened before elections? Why? So that the corrupt gets elected and then use their clout not to allow NAB to persue their cases. Why stop initiation of corruption charges against anyone. What has this got to do with elections?
baakhlaq Jul 15, 2012 01:30pm
Like the nomination of the chief election commissioner, Asma Jahangir too would be appreciated as the care taker prime Minister.She would follow rules and regulations in letter and spirit.
NASAH (USA) Jul 15, 2012 12:28pm
Asma Jahangir -- the care taker Prime Minister of Pakistan. What a great candidate!
TeeKay Jul 15, 2012 01:18pm
For a moment i thought the elections for the proper government were taking place in November but fudge it. Can't be bothered to care for whoever's going to be the care taker government. There's going to be no one from PTI anyways.
Capt Mansur Jul 15, 2012 03:43pm
I agree with you Feroze, Mr Cowasjee is the correct person for this job.
Mohsin Jul 15, 2012 01:49pm
Asma Jahangir is AGAINST PTI and JI. Abdullah Hussain Haroon is credible person
Raheel Khan Jul 15, 2012 10:52pm
How long Pakistan will be run bu feudal and militry ruler, this is damn time to follow egypt
asghar Jul 16, 2012 03:25am
Asma Jahangir may not be an appropriate choice as the care taker PM.
Dr Javaid Khan Jul 16, 2012 04:03am
Asma Jahangir will not be acceptable to majority of Pakistani.She helped Hussain Haqqani escape this country by giving an affidavit that the former Ambasidor will come back at any time at court request.He should be tried in the court for wrong affidavid.
Capt..feroze (USA) Jul 16, 2012 03:34am
not so old but the most honest and upright person , salute to Mr. COWASJEE. who is the only bastion of hope left to us to set the nation on the right track and save our PAKISTAN from total collapse, People of Pakistan UNITE and respond with the POWER of GREEN ( Green Revolution by coming out with green armband) seriously there might be no second chance after this end game conspiracy against Pakistan, the upright strature and character of Mr. Cowasjee can weather this strom
feroze al abdullah Jul 16, 2012 03:37am
but than how old is fakhruddin G Ebhrain. ARDESHIR COWASJEE is the only best choice.
Munir Varraich Jul 15, 2012 04:36pm
3 to 4 weeks to 14th August 2012. When it comes to Pakistan, much can happen from now and then. MAV Sweden
Irfan Brohi Jul 15, 2012 04:31pm
Asma Jehangir is a perfect choice for care taker PM. Her track record to stanby the truth against all odds makes her the most suitable candidate.
Akhter Husain Jul 15, 2012 01:03pm
It is a good news.Thanks that the two opposing parties have narrowed down their differences.Can now hope for settlement.
concerned pakistani Jul 15, 2012 04:04pm
AJ please get serious
concerned pakistani Jul 15, 2012 04:03pm
definitely not she is a PPP hack. Abdullah Haroon should be the choice
Zain Moosa Jul 15, 2012 12:59pm
He will only announce the election road map on the 14th of Aug IF he is not dismissed by the Supreme Court before that.
Malcolm Michael Jul 15, 2012 02:54pm
Agrre .Another move by the to change the mood of the people and to sympathies for the PM. There is no chance for the PM to survive if he does not write the letter. Why the other alliance party specially MQM were no in the meeting?
Malcolm Michael Jul 15, 2012 02:58pm
The two parties were hand in glove right from the beginning except they were the Gloves in wrong hands.
NASAH (USA) Jul 15, 2012 02:54pm
The judiciary dare not dismiss yet another PM before the election -- that will ruin the reputation of the impartiality of a being above the court. Judiciary job is to stabilize not create chaos the country.
Capt Mansur Jul 15, 2012 03:48pm
Coallation of Corruptsjoin hands to stop NAB opening cases against the corrupt leaders. It is a Joke, People of Pakistan I do not see any releif for you all, so sad.
azad Jul 15, 2012 07:17pm
what about Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan?
Ali Jul 15, 2012 01:50pm
I think the best candiate for the care taker prime minister is Iqbal Haider.
naseem Jul 15, 2012 04:26pm
'Dr.' Babar Awan would be the best for the job. He is neither PPP, PML N nor PTI.
Rehan Jul 16, 2012 07:38am
Sheikh Rasheed will be the next prime minister
Ahmed Jul 15, 2012 05:53pm
It seems our main political parties, PPP and PML-N, seem to have indeed learnt their lesson, namely that it is in everyone's interest to have free and fair elections. After 60 years of being derailed by egotistical military and civilian rulers, perhaps democracy is finally being put back on track. If so, all those who play their part in ensuring free and fair elections in November and in events leading to this day will go down in history as the real "founding fathers" of Pakistan. And this includes first and foremost the Chief Justice who stood firm in face of a dictator who was bent on becoming the "Hosni Mubarak" of Pakistan through misuse of his authority)
Mohammad Ansari Jul 15, 2012 05:38pm
Any retired judge of SC would be better caretaker than a pro PPP Asma J, and pro Muslim League A. Haroon. A true non political leader should be caretaker PM.
Syed Ahmed Jul 15, 2012 01:54pm
No - she is poltically biased towards PPP.
Muddassir Jul 16, 2012 08:02am
i think Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi is the best one for that.....
feroze al abdullah Jul 15, 2012 02:00pm
the best and excellent candidate for caretaker prime minister " ARDESHIR COWASJEE" if all those who agree raise your hand by wearing green armband ( a Thin stripe of green) come on people show your mandate.
Syed Ahmed Jul 15, 2012 01:51pm
Another competent man can be Mr. Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid for the slot of caretaker PM. Free and fair elections are possible like 1970. Who can change the mindset "Idhar hum...Udhar tum".
sharif Jul 15, 2012 03:47pm
Free election is what the solution of pakistan and if it is held under ppp gov then solution will come promptly.
salamullah Jul 15, 2012 04:58pm
Good Luck totwo largest political parties.. hope and wish they agree to take concrete measures to facilitate public and lessen their worries: load shedding, corruption, law and order, rampant inflation, deteiorating currency, flying capital out of country, no foreign investment and so on.
Wajid Zain Jul 15, 2012 03:11pm
Agree with Hammad. Surely we can pick better from 180 million.
Malcolm Michael Jul 15, 2012 03:08pm
As a person and lawyer Asma Jehangir is a well spoken person.. But for a Prime Minister a Business Magnate of repute would be ideal for he would understand the Economic , Political and current situation of Pakistan. Not Asma Jehangir.
zafar Jul 15, 2012 03:05pm
niether of the above nominees meet the criteria. One of them though being the former human rights chairperson earned lot of sympathies but she is considered a controversial figure among the rightest in Pakistan.
Malcolm Michael Jul 15, 2012 03:04pm
The announcement of that the PM will announce on 14th August for November election is a farce. This announcement is only to cool the temper down which is heating up to final shown down. As for PTI they have already won that is why the two heads badly shaken wants to throw their yard stick and sat down. What a shame.
Malcolm Michael Jul 15, 2012 02:57pm
You must be Joking!!.
Aamir (London) Jul 16, 2012 05:34am
i am not a good religious person but i hope to allah he'll send true person that he hang out all politation of Pakistan than Pakistan will be come on track
Hamd Sultan Jul 16, 2012 05:35am
Asma Jahangir shall be the worst kind of choice. Nobody can be happy with her selection.They should choose real honest,unbiased non corrupt and most important sincere to Pakistan
Hafeezullah Jul 16, 2012 05:35am
Let me do this job as care taker PM and I promise the nation will handover the right persons whom choosed by the real votes.I am honest person you got to belive i have no other words to say i am one of 180 millons never had any political intrest or back ground but want to do it for the nation. I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND PEOPLES
akhter husain Jul 16, 2012 05:38am
Having high expectations from care taker PM would be frustrating and counter productive,as there cannot be any one with flaw less mindset.The care taker PM should facilitate the election staff to work without fear and greed..
Waheed Jul 16, 2012 05:45am
I agree.
Awais Habib Jul 16, 2012 05:54am
ARDESHIR COWASJEE will be a right choice. He is aged but has a neutral stance with elections
GM Shaikh Jul 16, 2012 05:56am
I think CJ must give time PM to do this work if again disqualifications announced then that not good for democracy.
Mahboob Alam Jul 16, 2012 06:15am
How about Dr Javed Iqbal,son of Allama Iqbal. He is a retired judge and is non political, a man of excellent reputation .
GM Shaikh Jul 16, 2012 06:26am
CJ must give time to PM for election matter of disqualification makes problem for Democracy. Our hopes belongs to SC but it shouldn't ignore that we already faced many Marshall-Laws
muhammad Jul 16, 2012 06:33am
i think Mr Ali Ahmad Kurd will be the best choice,to be prime minister of Pakistan. The most honest and honorable personality
Zahoor QURESHI Jul 16, 2012 06:56am
Asma Jangheer is not suitable for CARE TAKER PRIMEMINISTER, We need an Imparticial Candidates.She is Particial
Danish Ahmed Jul 16, 2012 07:01am
Naseem don't you know Baber Awan history... he also pertain to PPP. Some one who really naturl, non base of politically supported should be laible. non of them are fit for this job. I think this govnmt should arrange like refrendum and elect any one who really able to handle this job..
Aliraza Merchant Jul 16, 2012 08:24am
Why not make him the CHIEF JUSTICE of the SUPREME COURT, as he has all the qualities required for the post in the recent times.
R. Quraishi Jul 16, 2012 09:05am
None can be better than Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Please help. What a brilliant choice. Good Luck.
Hafeez Memon Jul 17, 2012 03:29pm
Or Give the chance to Molana Fazul Rehman but make an agrement with him you are going to be only Care taker PM NOT THE PERMANENT this way we can see his polices in 90 days election time, why not they should give him a chance......