PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah agree on interim premier’s name

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of opposition Syed Khursheed Shah have secretly agreed on the name of interim prime minister and other cabinet members.

According to local news outlet, the decision was finalized between the meeting of PM Abbasi and Khursheed Shah; both the parties finalized the name and decided that the issue would not be referred to the parliamentary committee or Election Commission of Pakistan.

Sources added that the two parties have considered the names of Justice (retd) Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, Dr Ishrat Hussain, Justice (retd) Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk, Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and some other names for the caretaker prime minister.

Justice (retd) Tasadduq Hussain Jilani and Dr Ishrat Hussain were two strongest candidates for the post.

Reports added that PML-N wants to appoint a person with an expert from financial background and favoring the name of Dr Ishrat for the post.

However, the PPP wants someone with a judicial background. Therefore, they are considering the names of either Justice (retd) Tasadduq Hussain Jilani or Justice (retd) Anwar Zaheer Jamali for the caretaker PM.