Justice Nasir may be opposition’s choice for interim PM
LAHORE: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday that a name for caretaker prime minister had been finalised after intra-party consultations.
During his media talk at Model Town he did not make the name public, but unsubstantiated reports are doing the rounds here that the PML-N, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf and JUI-F have agreed on the name of Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Chaudhry Nisar said the PML-N would consult the opposition parties again for a consensus name if the government rejected the first one.
In reply to a question, he said the PTI would also be consulted on the formation of the caretaker set-up, adding contact could not be established with JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman because he was on a visit to Qatar.
He said the JUI-F had conveyed its willingness for entering into an electoral alliance with the PML-N and a wider coalition (against PPP) was in the offing in Sindh.
Referring to nine PPP MPAs’ decision to join the PML-N, Chaudhry Nisar said President Asif Zardari had stayed in Lahore for several days to `conquer’ Punjab but contrary to his expectation the PPP had started losing ground.
Asked if the PML-N would accept PML-Q leaders in the PML-N, particularly the chaudhrys of Gujrat, he said PML-N’s doors were shut on the elements that had damaged it during the Musharraf regime.
He criticised the government’s attitude to the Taliban’s talks offer.