Parliamentary committee to resume session on ECP appointments matter today

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ISLAMABAD: A 12-member parliamentary committee, under the supervision of Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, is all set to meet today (Thursday) to discuss the matter of appointments in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

According to the details, the stalemate between the government and the opposition continues because the federal ministers have accused the latter of not cooperating with them.

Earlier, the parliamentary committee postponed the issue following the vows of Senior Justice Justice Altaf Ibrahim to act as acting Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEC).

Last week, the current Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of Pakistan recommended current ECP secretaries Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad and Fazal Abaz Makin (Abbas Making) and Arif Khan hold CEC positions.

The Prime Minister’s Office later disputed the name of the chief election commissioner recommended by opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif. The suggested names are Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Jalil Abbas Jilani and Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.

Jaleel Abbas Jilani is still the chief secretary of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and was the chief secretary of Punjab led by CM Shehbaz Sharif.

Nasir Mehmood Khosa is believed to have a close relationship with the Sharif family, while Akhlaq Tarar also served as federal secretary.

The letter from President PML-N also contained three names from the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, each nominated as members of the ECP. Opposition leaders recommend Nisar Durrani of Sindh, Lord Chancellor (withdrawal), Abdul Rasul Memon and Olanzab Ha Gram (Aurangzeb Haq).

The Baluchistan province also mentioned the names of Supreme Court Justices Shah Mohammed Jatoy, former advocates Mohamed Raf Atta and Rahila Durani.

The government and the opposition forwarded the nominations for the members of the ECP to the speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and the president Senate Sadiq Sanjarani, who then forwarded them to the parliamentary committee for consideration.

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