PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah to Deliberate on Caretaker Setup

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah are due to meet on Wednesday to hold a discussion on the setup of the caretaker government, which will replace the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as it completes its tenure on May 31.

Khursheed Shah reached Prime Minister House early Wednesday morning to hold the third meeting with the prime minister over the matter, where the prime minister will share the government’s opinion on the matter.

The two leaders are also expected to talk about other important matters like the budget for this year—which will be released next month— and matters pertaining to Pakistan’s current political situation.

Earlier this week, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah had said that the opposition has not yet decided on a candidate for the post of caretaker prime minister.

“I have not had any final discussion with opposition allies over the issue. They haven’t submitted a final name. My party has to meet and decide on a name as well. The government might submit a name too,” he had said.

“If the prime minister doesn’t accept the Senate chairman then he doesn’t accept the parliament,” he said while criticising Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz’s (PML-N) break with tradition.

The current government is going to complete its five-year tenure on May 31, after which the caretaker government will take over to hold general elections, which are due to take place in July or first week of August.

The Constitution of Pakistan demands that the prime minister must appoint a caretaker for the post after consultation with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. A list of six candidates is then created, three from the prime minister and three from opposition leader but the final selection is based on consensus.

The prime responsibility of the caretaker government is to ensure that the elections are held in a clear manner.

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