Amid controversies and disagreements among Punjab’s political stakeholders, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi took oath as the caretaker chief minister at the Governor House in Lahore late Sunday night.

Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman administered oath to Naqvi.

Earlier, Naqvi, a nominee of the opposition, was picked as the caretaker chief minister by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The ECP’s decision was categorically rejected by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which declared “Naqvi” as a “controversial” personality.

The ECP’s decision came after the government and the opposition failed to reach a consensus on the caretaker chief executive.

In a declaration, the ECP said that the meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, made the consensus decision to appoint Naqvi as the caretaker chief minister.

PTI: Meanwhile, the PTI rejected Naqvi’s appointment and its Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry 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.”

Parvez Elahi, on the other hand, expressed severe concerns over the ECP’s “controversial” decision and announced that he would challenge it in the Supreme Court.

Reacting to the decision, the CM asked: “How can justice be expected from a person who made a plea bargain worth Rs3.5 million.”

The outgoing chief executive also said that the “controversial decision” was against every rule and regulation.

MOHSIN NAQVI: Born in Lahore, Naqvi is a journalist by profession. He got his higher education in the US and was associated with the American TV channel CNN during his stay in Miami. After returning to Pakistan, he served as the regional head of CNN.

According to a report, Benazir Bhutto, who Mohsin had interviewed, last contacted him before her assassination.

Mohsin founded the local media City News Network in 2009 at the age of 30 and now owns six news channels and a newspaper. He is also widely known in political circles and has strong relations with leading political figures.


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