ISLAMABAD: Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Friday said that former opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's statements has sabotaged the constitutionally mandate of the Parliamentary Committee formed to appoint caretaker prime minister.
Talking to media outside Parliament House, Kaira expressed anger over PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's statements to the media in which he hinted that the issue of selecting the caretaker PM would go to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
He said that Ch. Nisar Ali Khan's statement created confusion for the appointment of interim premier and it is not good for the nascent democracy.
He said that if the parliamentary committee could not evolve consensus then the matter would constitutionally be referred to Election Commission of Pakistan according to Article 224A sub clause (3).
He said that the PPP would explain its stance if the matter referred to ECP.
Kaira said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) deliberately nominated its own party stalwarts to maneuver the decisions of the parliamentary committee and it would be equal to undermining the supremacy of the parliament.
He said that coalition government authorize its members with full mandate to decide the interim chief executive, while half mandated PML-N members of the committee were legging behind to evolve any consensus.
He said that PML-N blamed Pakistan People's Party for not consultation over interim set up in the Sindh province but by nominated its own members, PML-N stalwarts have undermine the mandate of other opposition parties.
Kaira said that PPP also discussed names of I. A Rehman, Dr. Abdul Hayee Baloch and Syed Babar Ali for the caretaker prime minister but PML-N adopted policy of denial.
He said that it was a matter of satisfaction that the democratically elected assembly completed its five years tenure and made political, economic, financial and constitutional reforms to strengthen the democratic process in the country.
However, Khawaja Saad Rafique of PML-N said that parliamentary committee has discussed the matter with sincerity and political maturity.
He said that the constitutional procedures are being adopted first time in the history of country and the parliament has constituted these procedures which comprised of three stages.
He reiterated his resolve that the committee would evolve consensus on the appointment of caretaker prime minister.
Khawaja Saad Rafique denounced the notion of not showing PML- N's flexibility to appoint caretaker prime minister.
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