ISLAMABAD – Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah and Federal Minister for finance Ishaq Dar short listed four names for the new Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan.
Khursheed Shah and Ishaq Dar agreed on four names for the appointment of new chief election commissioner of Pakistan. Short listed names are Justice (R) Tariq Pervaiz, Justice (R) Shakir ullah, Justice (R) Muhammad Ajmal and Chief Justice of Shariat court Justice Sardar Raza.
Names of Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Rana Bhagwandas were excluded from the list after both rejected the nomination, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf nominee Nasir Aslam Zahid was also dropped from the list.
Earlier in the morning, Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk said the top court will consider issuing contempt of court notices to the premier and Shah if they fail to appoint a new chief of the poll body by December 8.
The CEC post fell vacant following the resignation of (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on July 30, 2013 and apex court judge Justice Anwar Jamali is currently heading the poll body as its acting chief. Jamali, as per a previous court order, will stop working as interim CEC on December 5.
During the hearing of a case related to the appointment today, Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt assured the bench that the government and opposition will appoint a new CEC by December 8.
Appointment to the post have been delayed as PM Nawaz and Shah fail to agree on a candidate. Despite having several discussions, no name has yet been finalised.
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