Election Committee of Pakistan (ECP) on On Sunday, they unanimously decided to appoint Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as acting chief. minister for Punjab.
Nakvi, who was one of two candidates proposed by Hamza Shehbaz is the owner of a media house and is said to have been very close to PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari.
decision was adopted during a meeting chaired by the Chief Electoral Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja.
A press release from the ECP states that a notice of appointment has been issued and a separate letter has been sent to Punjab Governor Baligur Rehman. for swearing in the Naqvi.
Subsequent notification issued by the election observation body, copy of which available with Dawn.comsaid: “In accordance with the stipulation of Point 3) of Article 224-A of Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and how result of detailed discussions made on On January 22, the ECP unanimously decided to appoint Syed Mohsin Ran Naqvi as Acting Chief. minister Punjab with instant effect”.
Purpose of caretaker CM faced unusual delay after dissolution of Punjab Assembly last week due to permanent back-and forward between the provincial government and opposition on nominees.
Outgoing Chief Minister Parvez Elahi suggested names of Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Suhera and Navid Akram Cheema as leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz approves names of Naqvi and Ahad Cheema for caretaker slot.
The case was referred to the watchdog after a bipartisan parliamentary committee. failed come to a consensus on case within the stipulated time.
The election observer had to decide this issue on Sunday as a two-day time limit granted to the commission under section 224-A. of The constitution was set expire.
PTI rejects ECP decision
Responding to Naqvi’s appointment, PTI’s Fawadh Chaudhry said the commission “never failed disappoint”.
“We reject decision appoint a controversial person like Mohsin Naqvi as head minister”, he said, adding that another option besides the protest in streets.
He called on party prepare the workers by saying that great campaign will be launched under the guidance of party chief Imran Khan.
In a separate video message, Fawad reiterated that PTI had rejected Naqvi’s appointment, adding that party would go to court.
He said that the EPC never failed disappoint the public by calling the commission a child of PML-N and PPS. He claimed that Naqvi was instructed with postponing elections in Punjab and sabotage PTI.
” public lost hope in institutions of the country,” Fawad said. “They will have to come out to the streets under the guidance of Imran Khan and reject decisions taken in enclosed spaces.”
PTI General Secretary Asad Umar announces Naqvi’s appointment as Acting Chairman minister it looked like bullying of Constitution. He said PTI challenge in decision and protest against It.
Elahi, outgoing chief minister interrogated how one could expect justice from someone who hit plea to bargain in The Haris Steel case.
“How can my close relative become a supply manager minister? he asked, calling the “contradictory” policy of the ECP. decision to be in violation of in rules. “We will go to the Supreme Court against ECP decision”.
It is pertinent to mention that Elahi already said he would go to court of law, if any “disputed person” was chosen by the commission from list of nominees.
Shafqat Mahmoud of PTI named decision to appoint Nakwi as the chief executive of the province “mockery”, saying that he is “the chief one person is considered the most unsuitable for this position.”
“It’s almost the same as handing over over power to PML-N and PNP for elections in Punjab. So much for free and fair elections,” he said.
The head of the Awami Muslim League, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the ECP “scored last nail in coffin of its destruction”, as well as put on question mark on upcoming regional elections.
He warned that the election campaign, where oneNominees will not end well. He called for holding free and fair elections in country, saying that people would not accept a watchman CM.