ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The impasse over dissolution of all provincial assemblies on the same day continues despite four chief ministers having deliberated over the issue with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf here on Saturday.
Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Governor Balochistan, Nawab Zufiqar Magsi, and Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PM’s House on Saturday and discussed matters relating to forthcoming general elections in the country.
As proposed by the Prime Minister, the Chief Ministers agreed in principle that the elections of national and provincial assemblies will be held in the country on the same day for logistical, administrative, and financial reasons, which would also promote political harmony in the country. The meeting was held in a cordial environment.
The meeting expressed the confidence that all matters relating to the appointments of caretaker set-ups at the Federal and Provincial levels would be resolved amicably.
The Prime Minister said that the gathering of all chief ministers was a good omen for promoting democratic values in the country and expressed the confidence that all issues relating to appointment of caretaker set-ups would be resolved amicably.
The Chief Ministers congratulated the Prime Minister on the completion of constitutional tenure. The Prime Minister reciprocated the gesture and commended them on completion of tenures by all the provincial assemblies.
Though Punjab Minister Shahbaz Sharif terms the meeting positive and says there is no deadlock over the issue, he was reported to have told the meeting that he could make any decision to dissolve the Punjab Assembly only after consultation with his elder brother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chief Nawaz Sharif.
On the other hand Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has also threatened that he would not be sending advice for assembly’s dissolution on March 19.
Sources said that he was angry, as he could not get assurance to address certain issues.
Sources added that a date for the dissolution of the provincial assemblies was still being discussed.
Punjab CM said that efforts being made for consensus caretaker prime minister. Meanwhile the chief minister Punjab chaired the meeting of the party to consult on the matter of the caretaker prime minister and chief ministers. Shahabz Sharif took the party leaders into confidence regarding his meeting with prime minister.
PML-N Spokesman Senator Mushahidullah Khan informed the media that there is unanimity on holding of elections in country on the same day but there is no agreement on the dissolution of provincial assemblies on the same day. He said that the chief ministers in Sindh and Balochistan should be installed with the consultation of all parties. Shahbaz Sharif also took Mian Nawaz Sharif into confidence regarding his meeting with prime minister.
According to sources Nawaz Sharif has directed party leaders to stick to PML-N nominee justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid.
Earlier on Saturday, the meeting had begun between Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and the chief ministers of Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, discussing the possibility of dissolution of assemblies on a single day as well as questions relating to the caretaker set-up.
It is expected that if the prime minister and opposition leaders are agreed on the name of the caretaker prime minister then the Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf would send this name to president, who will take oath from the caretaker prime minister. It is expected that the government and opposition would be agreed on the name of the caretaker prime minister within 48 hours.
Earlier on Friday, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had agreed to the dissolution of assembly along with three other provincial assemblies. It was moreover reported that Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had agreed to the dissolution of their assemblies on March 19.