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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has formally granted permission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to go ahead with the recent appointments of 18 ambassadors/high commissioners in various world capitals, dropping its previous objection on the grounds that the caretaker government could not make such appointments after the announcement of election schedule.

Sources privy to the development told Business Recorder that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained its position before the election body and conveyed its position that these appointments were due, as per the routine and critical for pursuing “national foreign policy objectives”, which would have no impact on February 8, 2024, general elections.

Upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ explanation, the sources maintained that the ECP formally granted permission to the ministry to go ahead with the recent appointment of 18 ambassadors and high commissioners in various world capitals, approved by caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

Through a letter undersigned by Director Elections, ECP, and addressed to Foreign Secretary Mohammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi dated December 28, 2023, the ECP formally conveyed to the Foreign Office to go ahead with the appointments.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Parvez Dec 30, 2023 01:23pm
What does the ECP ( only duty is to conduct free and fair elections and is an administrative body, not a judicial one ) have to do with appointments made by the government. Unless the government ( in this case a caretaker government ) is itself unsure of it's authority and needed the ECP to prop up it's decision. The way matters are being run by today is.....mind boggling.
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Maqbool Dec 30, 2023 03:45pm
The Pakistan Constitution restricts the Caretaker government’s authority on certain actions , this seems to be bypassed yet again . Why have a Constitution when the Authorities bye pass it, like SC many times in the past. Today we have according to the constitution, illegal caretaker governments in KP and Punjab and also of the Federation for being there over 90 days, has the Supreme Court taken sou moto action ? RIP Pakistan Constitution.
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