PML-N, PPP Finally Closes the Million Dollar Question of Pakistani Politics


ISLAMABAD – Justice (rtd.) Sardar Raza’s chances to get on the top post in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has increased as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) develop consensus.

The Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah and Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar revealed the three finalized names for Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Wednesday.

Both leaders claim that all parties have been consulted on these three names before sending the list to National Assembly’s Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The three names were Justice (rtd.) Sardar Raza, Justice (rtd.) Tariq Pervez and Justice (rtd.) Tanveer Ahmed Khan. However, the top and first priority of PPP and PML-N clearly indicates the nomination of Sardar Raza for the post.

Earlier to this Short listed names were Justice (rtd.) Tariq Pervaiz, Justice (rtd.) Shakir Ullah, Justice (rtd.) 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.

Yesturday 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 yesterday, Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt assured the bench that the government and opposition will appoint a new CEC by December 8.

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