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Pakistan Caretaker PM Announcement Soon as PML-N and PPP Hold Meeting Ahead of Elections: Sources – News18

Every decision related to the running of PML-N and even the PDM, leading to the elections is being taken by Nawaz Sharif, as evidenced by the caretaker PM selection process. (Image: Reuters File)

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was mentioned in the Pakistan caretaker prime minister discussions. However, the PPP is not ready to endorse him due to his close association with the PML-N and his strong focus on Punjab

The choice of the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan will be announced soon, sources said on Sunday. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced that the National Assembly (NA) will be dissolved on August 9 and the government will step down, leading to elections.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League (N) supremo Nawaz Sharif held crucial meeting with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari in Geneva last week to deliberate about the caretaker prime minister, sources told News18.

According to the inputs received, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was mentioned in the discussions. However, the PPP is not ready to endorse his name due to his close association with the PML-N and his strong focus on Punjab.

After careful deliberation, a few names have been finalised, including that of a prominent businessman. Sources have said that these names will be submitted for approval to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Once the approval from the army comes through, the government will officially announce the name of the caretaker prime minister, they said.

Meanwhile, the PML-N has maintained that there are no differences with the PPP and both parties are gearing up for the upcoming elections.

Regarding the dates of the upcoming elections, there are two differing views. One perspective suggests that considering the timing of former prime minister Imran Khan’s arrest in the Toshakhana case, the elections should take place within the next 60 days.

However, an alternative viewpoint posits that after the Election Commission’s announcement of conducting elections alongside the 2023 Census, the government is seeking a 120-day period in any case.

Furthermore, it is expected that Nawaz Sharif will likely return in the month of September after the retirement of the present Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Khan was taken into custody from his residence in Lahore on Saturday, shortly after receiving a three-year prison sentence following his conviction in the Toshakhana corruption case.

According to political analysts Khan’s arrest is a significant boost for the ruling PML-N and the powerful military establishment in achieving their desired results in the upcoming general elections in Pakistan.

Senior PTI leader Mussarat Cheema claimed that Khan’s arrest was made to fulfill the demand of the PML-N, particularly its chief organizer Maryam Nawaz, who had set this condition for participating in the polls. Khan, who had hoped to win the next general election and return as the prime minister later this year, was allegedly arrested in response to this demand, she said.

Khan is currently entangled in over 140 cases nationwide, with charges ranging from terrorism, violence, blasphemy, corruption to murder.

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