Islamabad: Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan on Monday nominated former Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed for the office of the caretaker prime minister.
The announcement was made by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, who said the premier made the decision after approval from the PTI’s core committee, reports Dawn News.
The former CJP’s nomination follows a letter written earlier today by President Dr Arif Alvi to the Prime Minister and to the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif to propose names of suitable persons for appointment as caretaker premier under Article 224-A(1 )of the Constitution, the newspaper reported.
Imran Khan will continue to serve as the Pakistan Prime Minister till a caretaker premier is not appointed under Article 224-A(4) of the country’s Constitution, according to a notification issued by President Dr Arif Alvi ‘s office, Dawn reported on Monday.
Article 224(A) of the Pakistan constitution deals with the procedure of the appointment of the caretaker prime minister in case the leader of the house and leader of the opposition do not agree on the name of a caretaker prime minister.
Article 224(A) states: “The incumbent Prime Minister and the incumbent Chief Minister shall continue to hold office till appointment of the care-taker Prime Minister and the care-taker Chief Minister, as the case may be.”
Earlier in the day, the Cabinet Secretariat notified that Imran Khan had “ceased to hold the office of the prime minister of Pakistan with immediate effect”.
However, under Article 94 of the Constitution, the president “may ask the Prime Minister to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of Prime Minister”.
The development came after the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri disallowed the no-trust vote against PM Imran on Sunday when he ruled it to be part of a “foreign conspiracy” and in violation of Article 5 of the Constitution, which demands loyalty to the state.
India Blooms News Service