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Imran Khan Names Former Chief Justice of Pakistan As Caretaker Prime Minister

Embattled Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan recommended former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed for the position of caretaker Prime Minister on Monday.

According to a statement issued by President Arif Alvi, Mr Khan is expected to stay as Prime Minister until a caretaker premier is selected.

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As per the Dawn newspaper, President Alvi has also addressed a letter to Prime Minister Khan and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, requesting them to nominate names.

The letter said that the National Assembly (NA) and the federal Cabinet were dissolved on Sunday in accordance with the Constitution.

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Mr Alvi told them that if they did not reach an agreement on the appointment within three days of the NA’s dissolution, they would forward two nominees each to a committee to be formed by the speaker, consisting of eight members of the outgoing NA, or the Senate, or both, with equal representation from the treasury and the opposition.

The prime minister and the leader of the opposition will appoint members of the committee from the Treasury and Opposition benches.

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According to the President’s Secretariat, the Constitution empowers the president to designate a caretaker prime minister in consultation with the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition in the outgoing NA.

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