Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sent the summary to President Arif Alvi to appoint MQM-P’s nominee Nasreen Jalil as the governor of Sindh, it is learnt on Sunday.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) had forwarded five names for the office of governor to the federal government. They include former Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar, senior party leader Amir Khan, Nasreen Jalil, Kishwar Zehra and Amir Chishti. The names were sent to PM Shehbaz Sharif after Rabita Committee’s nod.

Party insiders tipped Nasreen Jalil and Amir Chishti as the strongest candidates as “they are among the non-controversial politicians who would be acceptable to all of the ruling parties.”

Nasreen has served as a senator from March 2012 to March 2018.

She will become second woman to be the governor of Sindh after almost half a century. Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, the wife of the first prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan had served as the Sindh governor from 1973 to 1975. She will be third woman in Pakistan’s history to serve as a governor after Dr Shama Khalid of Gilgit-Baltistan who remained in the office for a brief period of almost six months – from March to September 2010.

The governor’s office fell vacant after President Arif Alvi accepted the resignation of Imran Ismail, who resigned from the post immediately after Shehbaz Sharif took oath as prime minister on April 11.

Earlier, the federal government decided to appoint former federal minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Syed Baligh-ur-Rehman as the Punjab governor.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has already sent a summary to President Alvi seeking the appointment of Baligh-ur-Rehman as the governor.

This is the second time that the premier sent a summary to the president to remove Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema and appoint a new governor in his place.


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