Soon after the appointment of the opposition’s nominee Mohsin Naqvi as caretaker chief minister of Punjab by the Election Commission of Punjab (ECP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday categorically rejected the decision, declaring him a “controversial” personality.

PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry rejected the appointment of Naqvi as caretaker Punjab chief executive and vowed to launch a massive campaign against “this system”.

Reacting to the decision, Fawad said: “No other options left but taking to the streets against this system.”

Taking to Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry warned that people would “now make their own decisions”. He wrote, “[We] reject the appointment of Mohsin Raza Naqvi [as caretaker chief minister].

He added that they rejected the ECP’s decision about appointing a “controversial” person to the key post.

Taking a jibe at the electoral watchdog, he said, “The ECP never disappointed them.”

Fawad asked the PTI’s activists to prepare themselves for a massive campaign under the leadership of Imran Khan.

PTI Secretary General Asad Umar also took to the micro-blogging site and termed the ECP’s decision as a “joke with the Constitution”.

Criticising the decision, another senior PTI leader and former education minister, Shafqat Mahmood tweeted: “The one man considered most unsuitable for this position.”

He also claimed, ” This amounts to virtually handing over power to [PML]N and PPP to conduct elections in Punjab.”

Meanwhile, outgoing chief minister Parvez Elahi announced that he would challenge the appointment of Naqvi in the Supreme Court.

THE APPOINTMENT: The ECP picked Naqvi as caretaker chief minister the coalition government and the PML-N led opposition failed to reach a consensus on the appointment.

The ECP issued a declaration after a meeting on Sunday evening saying “the meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, made the consensus decision to appoint Naqvi as the caretaker for Punjab CM.”

ECP members Nisar Ahmad Durrani, Shah Mohammad Jatoi, Babar Hassan Bharwana and Justice (retd) Ikramullah Khan attended the meeting.

ECP Secretary Umar Hameed Khan, Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal Hussain, directors-general and additional directors-general of the departments concerned were among the 15 officials who attended the special meeting of the electoral watchdog.

LITIGATION: Meanwhile,lawyer Reza Ali foresaw the selection to be challenged in the court.

“This would be challenged, even if they have to do it for cosmetic reasons because in any event within the next 60 days, the elections are to be held and the challenge would be a fairly short one.”

The legal expert added that the ECP notifying the interim “CM seems unusual”, as according to his understanding, they neither have the power nor the mandate to “actually do that unless they received direct instructions from the governor”.

“It does seem to be quite murky at the moment because I’m not sure if a lot of law and jurisprudence have been developed on this or not,” he added.


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