PML-N Raises Reservations Over Caretaker CM Punjab

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Lahore(June 07, 2018): PML-N  on Thursday has raised severe reservations over the nominations of Hasan Askari as caretaker CM of Punjab, saying he is not a neutral person.

Talking to media in Lahore, PML-N Leaders, Former PM, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafiq and others said that ECP selected Interm CM Hasan Askari is PTI supporter.

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Leaders of PML-N appealed to ECP to reconsider its decision of nominating Hasan Askari as caretaker CM Punjab.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Askari was an ardent critic of the PML-N. He said Askari’s partiality was evident in the views he expressed in his articles and news programmes.

He said appointment of Hasan Askari as caretaker Chief Minister Punjab will make the electoral process doubtful.“ECP’s decision has cast doubt over transparency in the upcoming general polls in Punjab. The PML-N will reject the election results if he is made caretaker chief executive of the province.”

Therefore, the Election Commission should review its decision and name a neutral person for the slot. He said the parliamentary committee of PML-N had proposed names of neutral persons.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said elections should not only be transparent, but these should also be seen to be transparent.Flanked by Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal, Khurram Dastgir, Rana Sanaullah among others, Abbasi presented an article titled “Election challenges and disputes in democracy” written by Askari in January 2013. “He has justified 90-day martial law in his paper,” said the former premier.

Speaking on the occasion, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said if elections become controversial, a crisis will emerge in the country.He said PML-N will not let anyone hijack its mandate.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said Prof. Hasan Askari himself should withdraw from the responsibility because he is a controversial person.

Earlier, Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday named Dr  Hasan Askari Caretaker CM Punjab.

The appointment to the caretaker Chief Minister was made in accordance with article 224 of the constitution.

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The meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Retired Sardar Raza Khan.

It may be recalled that PTI had proposed the names of columnist Ayaz Amir and analyst Dr Hassan Askari for the office of caretaker chief minister, while PML-N nominated Pakistan Navy’s former chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and Justice (retd) Sair Ali.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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