ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif on Friday sent out names of 6 candidates to Prime Minister Imran Khan for filling up uninhabited posts of members of the Political election Compensation of Pakistan (ECP), yet expressed displeasure that the government had not adhered to the High court’s ruling which needed the PM’s “major and also purposeful” consultation with him on the matter.
The names put forward by the resistance leader are retired Justice Tariq Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Javed Anwar, retired Justice Mushtaq Ahmed, Khalid Masood Chaudhry, Irfan Qadir as well as Irfan Ali.
In his letter, Mr Sharif said: “Reasoning of the Supreme Court needs that the consultation has to be effective, significant, purposive, consensus-oriented, leaving no space for complaint of arbitrariness or unjust play, severe, genuine, and genuine initiatives to develop consensus, by all means.”
According to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, the prime minister had actually sent a letter on Aug 26 to the opposition leader, recommending 3 names each for ECP participants from Punjab as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
For the uninhabited seat of ECP participant from Punjab, Mr Khan had recommended the names of Ahsan Mahboob, Raja Amer Khan, as well as Dr Syed Pervaiz Abbas. As well as for the message of member from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he recommended the names of retired Justice Ikramullah Khan, Faridullah Khan, and also Muzammil Khan.
As the names proposed by the head of state on the one hand and also those by the resistance leader on the other are all different, it stays to be seen whether they will certainly be able to create a consensus on the persons to be assigned to the vacant messages, as called for under the Constitution.