The political landscape in Pakistan is abuzz with speculation as five names have been shortlisted for the crucial position of caretaker prime minister. The decision comes after consultations between the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the Pakistan People’s Party, with both parties agreeing that a seasoned politician will be selected for the interim role.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif revealed that no offer has been made to him regarding the caretaker prime minister post. However, he disclosed that four to five names have been shortlisted by the coalition parties, with one candidate to be finalized within the next week.
In response to recent reports suggesting Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as a potential candidate, both the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the People’s Party denied these claims. Ishaq Dar himself has expressed his aspirations to become the Prime Minister, indicating that he has not sought the position of caretaker prime minister.
Among the five names shared with the Pakistan People’s Party, Ishaq Dar’s name does not appear, dispelling any prior objections raised by the party members. The final decision on the caretaker prime minister will be made after consulting with Fazlur Rehman.
The onus of making the crucial selection rests on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who will soon hold a meeting with opposition leader Raja Riaz. Despite initial opposition to Ishaq Dar’s candidacy, Raja Riaz has offered his support.
If Ishaq Dar chooses to compete for the caretaker prime minister position, he will have to relinquish his party membership and Senate seat. As the nation awaits the final decision, the prospect of holding elections within 90 days remains a priority, as expressed by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif.
The appointment of the caretaker prime minister is seen as a crucial step in ensuring a smooth transition of power and a fair electoral process. As the political landscape evolves, all eyes are on the final candidate selection, which will have significant implications for the nation’s political future.