Pakistan's former chief justice Gulzar Ahmed was on Monday nominated for the office of the caretaker prime minister by Imran Khan amid ongoing political crisis in the country. Former information minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Fawad Chaudhry, said that Imran made the decision after approval from the party's core committee.
The announcement comes after President Arif Alvi sent letters to Imran and Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif on Monday seeking suggestions for the appointment of a caretaker prime minister. “In response to the President's letter, after consultation and approval by the PTI Core Committee, Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated Pakistan's former chief justice Gulzar Ahmed for the post of caretaker prime minister,” Chaudhry said.
In his letter, President Alvi told them in case they do not agree on the appointment within three days of the dissolution of the Parliament, they shall forward two nominees each to a committee to be constituted by the Speaker, comprising eight members of the outgoing assembly, or the Senate, or both, having equal representation from the treasury and the opposition.
The Constitution has empowered the President to appoint a caretaker prime minister in consultation with the prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly, the President's Secretariat said in a statement. Imran will continue as the prime minister till the appointment of a caretaker prime minister. So far Shehbaz Sharif has refused to take part in the process, terming it illegal.