Prime Minister’s spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan on Tuesday said that Shehbaz Sharif will discuss PML-N’s nominees for Punjab caretaker chief minister with his key coalition partner Asif Ali Zardari this evening and the list will subsequently be forwarded to the governor.
Talking to reporters in Lahore, Khan said that the prime minister consulted with Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz while efforts to develop a consensus with the PPP would be made today.
Khan said it was inappropriate to publicise the names before sharing them with coalition partners.
“We are holding consultation with allies who have a stake in Punjab.”
He said he also had a telephonic conversation with Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi “and meritoriously speaking, we did not have any major objection to the names finalised by him [Elahi] for the coveted post”.
When asked if the PPP was also suggesting its nominee for the provincial chief executive’s position, Khan said such decisions were always taken with consensus, especially when consultations were involved.
To another question, the PM’s adviser said the political environment was “overall good” in the country.
Later in a tweet, Khan said the PML-N had also agreed on the name of the former president Supreme Court Bar Association Ahsan Bhoon, but “he expressed gratitude and at the same time apologised [from taking the role] for his engagements with lawyers fraternity.”
Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman had on Monday sent three names proposed by outgoing Punjab CM Parvez Elahi to Hamza to build a consensus on the matter.
The PTI and the PML-Q had on Sunday finalised three consensus candidates as their nominees for the appointment of a caretaker chief minister in the province.
The nominees included Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, former health minister Naseer Khan and former chief secretary Nasir Saeed Khosa.