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No names shared by Murad, opposition leader for Sindh caretaker CM

Second round of consultations between Sindh chief minister and opposition leader to be held today

By Rana Javaid & Tariq Moin Siddiqui
August 13, 2023
Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Rana Ansar (L) and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah (R) in a meeting at CM House, Karachi. — Twitter/@SindhCMHouse
Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Rana Ansar (L) and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah (R) in a meeting at CM House, Karachi. — Twitter/@SindhCMHouse

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Rana Ansar did not share names for a potential candidate for the coveted slot of caretaker provincial during a meeting on Saturday.

The two leaders held the first round of consultations at the CM House on the matter of an interim provincial chief executive, where they also lauded each other on the successful completion of the Sindh Assembly’s constitutional term.

However, no development was made in regard to the name of a candidate.

CM Murad and Ansar, who belongs to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) agreed to meet again today (Sunday) to discuss the matter, according to a Sindh CM spokesperson.

A day earlier on August 11, Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori signed the summary sent by CM Murad for the dissolution of the provincial assembly.

“The summary of dissolution of Sindh Provincial Assembly has been signed,” the governor said in a post on the microblogging website X, previously known as Twitter.

It is pertinent to mention that PPP had discussed the names of Justice (R) Maqbool Baqir and former Sindh chief secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah for the coveted position. Whereas the opposition had also discussed a few names for the slot which include Dr Safdar Abbasi, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Shoaib Siddiqui and Younus Dagha.

After the meeting, Murad Ali Shah addressed a press conference and expressed his gratitude to the provincial cabinet for its support and for remaining steadfast in the most difficult time.

“In August 2018, the federal government and the opposition [in Sindh Assembly] took undemocratic measures,” CM Murad lamented. “However, PPP and my cabinet supported me. I had a good time in difficult circumstances.”

He also criticised former prime minister Imran Khan for "disowning the Sindh government". 

The CM added that the then federal government and the provincial opposition made it difficult to run the affairs of the Sindh Assembly.

Furthermore, CM Murad elaborated that if a consensus on a name for a caretaker chief minister was not reached with the opposition leader, then the matter would go to the provincial assembly’s parliamentary committee. 

However, if the matter remained undecided in the committee as well, the provincial election commission would select the name for the interim chief minister.

He added that he would remain in office till a caretaker CM was appointed.

Meanwhile, speaking to Geo News, Ansar said that neither she nor the chief minister had shared any name for the caretaker CM position.

“Sindh Chief Minister said that he is holding discussions with his leadership about the name,” Ansar said adding that she was also holding consultation with the opposition parties on the matter.