Assembly will be dissolved on 9th August’s night: Rana Sanaullah
Islamabad_a politician should be appointed as caretaker prime minister as retired judges or bureaucrats are not “neutral” as well and set aside reports that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was nominated by the ruling party for the coveted slot said Minster of Interior ,
The security czar rejected reports that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suggested the name of Dar for the slot of the interim premier. However, the federal minister said if a politician is to be appointed as caretaker prime minister then there is nothing wrong in the name of Ishaq Dar. “When not only my party but everyone is saying that only a politician should be appointed as caretaker prime minister and not any technocrat, retired bureaucrat or retired judge […] so naturally a name like this [Dar] would emerge for [caretaker PM],” he added. Politicians, he said, from other parties can also be nominated for the slot of interim prime minister. “From the PPP, Raza Rabbani’s name can be picked,” he added.
Sanaullah’s statement comes as mainstream media quoted the ruling insiders as saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — a major partner in the ruling alliance — has decided to pick Dar as the caretaker PM. Following criticism that the finance minister’s appointment as caretaker PM would raise questions over the neutrality of the interim setup, the PML-N leaders rejected the media reports. Not only did political commentators criticise the suggestion, but the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — a key ally of PML-N at the Centre — also expressed reservations over Dar’s nomination as caretaker PM.
Speaking about amendments to Election Act 2017, the interior minister said the legislation is only aimed at empowering the caretaker government to ensure the smooth functioning of the economy and other important matters. He rejected the rumours that the incumbent coalition was planning to extend the stay of the caretaker government beyond 90 days. Sanaullah further said all speculations in this regard are false as no conspiracy was being hatched to delay the elections.