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- Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: Mian Iftikhar Hussain, spokesperson for the outgoing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, said on Monday all formalities had been completed to dissolve the provincial assembly and hand reins of power over to the nominated caretaker chief minister Justice (R) Tariq Pevaiz.


Speaking at a luncheon that he had hosted for the media persons, he said they were all set to transfer power to the caretakers in the province on March 17.


“We were the first among the four provinces to nominate a consensus caretaker chief minister and moved a summary seeking dissolution of the provincial legislature on March 16, but later due to the drawn-out consultation process at the federal level, the process to transfer power to the caretakers had to be withheld,” he added.


About the caretaker provincial cabinet, he said it was the constitutional prerogative of the caretaker chief minister to form his cabinet but he would definitely need cooperation in this regard and the government and opposition would extend him the cooperation in finding appropriate persons for the job.


To a question, he said leader of the opposition and chief minister would only cooperate with the caretaker chief minister in the formation of his cabinet albeit it is his privilege to select the ministers.


Pressing further his point, he said if a team could give people of the province an impartial caretaker chief minister then it could also give them an impartial cabinet.He, however, hinted at the possibility that the caretaker cabinet would be of 14 to 15 members.


Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who is also information minister, said it was a matter of immense pleasure that for the first time in the country the political parties were in consultation to nominate caretaker prime minister and chief ministers while in the past the government used to remain uncertain even about its own fate.


For the first time, the democratic government is going to complete its tenure and install the caretaker government and it is the fruit of the 18th Amendment, he maintained.Mian Iftikhar Hussain did not agree that there was any deadlock between the opposition and government on the issue of nominating the caretaker prime minister.