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Shehbaz sends recommendations for CEC position, urges PM to adopt consensus-oriented approach

With the retirement of the incumbent chief election commissioner (CEC) around the corner, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has sent three recommendations for the post to Prime Minister Imran Khan, DawnNewsTV reported on Saturday. Shehbaz, in a letter, suggested former bureaucrat Nasir Mahmood Khosa, former ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani and retired civil servant Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar as eminently qualified for the position. It is my earnest hope that the merit of these persons will be appreciated for urgent consideration In accordance with the law. Should you require any additional information/clarification, this can be made available forthwith, the letter read. The tenure of incumbent CEC retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza ends on December 6. The letter, which is dated November 25, was dispatched to the Prime Minister s Secretariat on Friday night according to a PML-N s spokesperson. The recommendations are in line with Article 213 (2) (A) of the Constitution, which says: The Prime Minister shall in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, forward three names for appointment of the Commissioner to a Parliamentary Committee for hearing and confirmation of any one person. The PML-N president regretted that the prime minister had not reached out to seek recommendations of the opposition leader, saying that the consultative process required under the above provision should have been initiated by [the prime minister] much earlier . However, in an attempt to avoid possible discontinuity in the functioning of the ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan), which is a constitutional body, I am taking the initiative after a long wait with a hope to hear from you, Shehbaz said in the letter. He pointed out that a deadlock was created due to a lack of consultation for the appointment of ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan and urged Prime Minister Imran to adopt a consensus-oriented consultation to appoint the next CEC. I would strongly urge that this time we must endeavour to avoid any such impasse by making serious, sincere and genuine effort to evolve a consensus, the letter said. Shehbaz also wrote a letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani containing recommendations for ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan.


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