CEC appointment: Shah, Dar shortlist three names

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ISLAMABAD– Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah and Federal Minister Finance Ishaq Dar met at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday for consultation over the names for fresh Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and shortlisted names of Justice (Retd) Tanveer Ahmad, Chief Justice of Federal Shariah Court Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza and Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez.

Khursheed Shah called Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jamat e Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfand Yar Wali and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) senior leader Farooq Sattar and informed them of the names being considered whereas Ishaq Dar contacted Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao, Ijazul Haq, Hasil Bazinjo and leaders of Jamat e Ullema Islam Fazl (JUI-F)

Talking to the media, Ishaq Dar informed that three names have been shortlisted and would now be sent to Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Saddiq.

He said he was hopeful that the matter would be resolved before the deadline ends.

“I believe that parliamentary committee would take a wise decision.” said Minister Finance.

Leader of the Opposition said political maturity has been exhibited in the appointment of CEC adding that the delay occurred to due objections raised by other parties.

Consultation with other parties over the appointment of CEC was not constitutional right but considered it a moral obligation, he added.

Parliamentary committee is due to meet at 11 am on Thursday to finalize a name.

Four names under consideration were Justice Sardar Raza, Justice (Retd) Shakirullah Jan, Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez and Justice (Retd) Mian Muhammad Ajmal.

The chosen name would be sent to the parliamentary committee for final approval. Parliamentary committee would finalize a name in tomorrow’s session.

SC warned of action against Nawaz, Shah in case of delay

Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk on Tuesday said action would be taken against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah if a permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) does not get appointed by December 5.

Three-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the case of CEC’s appointment. Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt assured the court that PM had met opposition leader yesterday and a few names came under consideration; both had a consensus over a name as well.

The court ordered to appoint CEC by December 5 informing that nomination of the interim CEC was withdrawn through an administrative order. So, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali would no longer serve as interim CEC after the said date.

Court warned of action against PM and opposition leader if CEC does not get appointed by December 5 considering the act as contempt of court.

Court adjourned the hearing by December 8 but told that the date must not be confused with being given as extension to the appointment till Monday.

Appointment of CEC must be done by December 5, the court emphasized.

2014-12-04

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