Caretaker Punjab CM: PML-N reveals names for parliamentary committee

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LAHORE, JAN 18 (DNA) — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday approved three names for the parliamentary committee which will try to break the impasse on the selection of a caretaker chief minister of Punjab. 

The PML-N has recommended the names of Malik Ahmed Khan, Hassan Murtaza and Khalil Tahir Sindhu for the committee while the government alliance has recommended the names of Raja Basharat, Hashim Jawan Bakht and Mian Aslam Iqbal. 

Earlier in the day, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman asked Speaker Sibtain Khan to form a parliamentary committee after Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz could not finalise a name for the interim CM. 

The government alliance recommended the names of serving bureaucrat Ahmed Nawaz Sakhera, ex-federal health minister Naseer Ahmed Khan and a retired civil servant, Nasir Saeed Khosa, for the caretaker CM position after the provincial assembly was dissolved. However, the joint opposition named media mogul Mohsin Naqvi and former bureaucrat Ahad Raza Cheem for the post. 

The parliamentary committee will have three days to finalise a name for the post. If the parliamentary committee fails to pick a name for the interim CM post, both sides will send the names of their nominees to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The electoral body will announce the name of the caretaker CM within two days. = DNA