Caretaker setup: Sharif to meet allies after consultations conclude with Zardari

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are set to nominate the majority of caretaker ministers in the interim government, with the aim of holding elections on time by October-November, according to sources. 

PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari is reportedly advocating for a “political” caretaker prime minister, rather than a technocrat. Qamar Zaman Kaira echoed his leader’s sentiments, arguing that political offices can only be run by politicians, and appointing a non-political person would be a “disgrace” to the post, according to The News International. 

Zardari’s meetings with PM Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in Dubai were also reported to be fruitful with both agreeing on holding general elections on time and completing the assembly’s tenure in accordance with the Constitution. 

Sharif, meanwhile, has plans to hold consultations other parties of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) regarding this decision after allies including Maulana Fazlur Rehman and leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement publicly expressed their grievances over the process.

Last week, PM Shehbaz Sharif announced that he will hand over power to a caretaker government in August, ending speculation that his administration was seeking to extend its term.

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