Legislative body selects Naveed Jan Baloch’s name for ECP member


ISLAMABAD, Dec 03: The Parliamentary Committee chaired by Minister
for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has met on Tuesday to deliberate
appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members of the
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

During the meeting, the committee has considered nominations for
appointment of members of the ECP from Sindh and Balochistan forwarded
by the government and the opposition.

The participants have picked name of Naveed Jan Baloch, suggeste dby
Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mushahidullah
said that the government wants to negotiate the matter at eleventh hour.
However, we are reviewing all the names, he added.

It is to be mentioned here that the government and the opposition
forwarded their nominations for appointment of ECP members to Speaker
National Assembly Asad Qaiser and chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjarani, who
then forwarded it to the parliamentary committee for consideration.

Earlier, PM Office had raised objections on the names recommended by
opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of Chief Election
Commissioner. The suggested names were Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Jalil Abbas
Jilani and Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.

Jaleel Abbas Jilani remained principal secretary of former premier Nawaz
Sharif and worked as chief secretary Punjab under CM Shehbaz Sharif.

Nasir Mehmood Khosa is considered close to Sharif family and Akhlaq
Tarar has also worked as federal secretary.

Shehbaz Sharif maintained that PM Imran should have initiated this
process of consultation a long time ago. I am starting this procedure to
prevent the ECP from getting non-functional, the PML-N leader added.

The letter by PML-N president also comprised three names each from Sindh
and Balochistan for their nominations as the ECP members. From Sindh,
the opposition leader had recommended Nisar Durrani, Justice (retd)
Abdul Rasul Memon and Aurangzeb Haq.

The names of Advocate Supreme Court Shah Muhammad Jatoi, former advocate
general Muhammad Rauf Atta and Rahila Durrani were also proposed from