Government Aims to Keep Interim Prime Minister’s Name Confidential


ISLAMABAD: With just one day remaining before the dissolution of the National Assembly, the ruling coalition in Pakistan has reportedly reached a consensus on the name for the interim prime minister. However, to avoid controversy, the government has decided to keep the identity of the nominee a secret.

The Prime Minister and the Opposition leader have the opportunity to consult on this matter for three days even after the Assembly is dissolved. If no consensus is reached, the matter will be referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Shehbaz is scheduled to meet with National Assembly Opposition Leader Raja Riaz on Tuesday or Wednesday to finalize the name for the interim prime minister’s position.

According to sources, a decision on the interim prime minister has been “finalized.” However, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, in a TV appearance, stated that no name has been decided yet. He mentioned that a politician, who is not affiliated with any political party, could also be considered for the role.

Separately, PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira stated during a TV interview that the PPP has not shared any names with the Prime Minister so far. However, insiders suggest that the PPP has proposed three candidates for the position.

Meetings with MQM and PPP leaders have also taken place. The MQM delegation proposed the name of Governor Kamran Tessori for the interim prime minister’s role. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked them for their party’s support on the seventh digital census and for their valuable suggestions.

Earlier, the Prime Minister met with former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his son Ali Musa Gilani. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude for the support of their allies in reviving the country’s economy.

As speculation grows, Dr. Hafeez Sheikh is considered a strong contender for the interim prime minister’s position. He is known as a technocrat and has served as both a finance minister and a member of the Senate in the past.

Dr. Sheikh’s experience and acceptability among mainstream political parties make him a popular choice whenever an interim government is formed in Pakistan.

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