PTI rejects ECP selection of caretaker Punjab CM

Canada Global (Web News) The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vehemently opposed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) appointment of Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as interim chief minister for Punjab on Sunday, branding “Naqvi” as a “controversial” personality. Naqvi was an opposition nominee.

The decision of the electoral body, which came after the government and opposition were unable to agree on the interim chief executive, appeared to start a new wave of debate in the nation.

According to a statement from the ECP, the meeting, which was presided over by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, unanimously decided to name Naqvi as the interim chief minister of Punjab.

Meeting was attended by ECP members Nisar Ahmad Durrani, Shah Mohammad Jatoi, Babar Hassan Bharwana, and Justice (retd) Ikramullah Khan.

In the meantime, the ECP sent a letter to the province governor requesting that the oath be administered to Naqvi.

As a result of the lack of agreement, the issue was sent to the electoral body in accordance with Clause 3 of Article 224-A of the Constitution.

The 15 people present at the special meeting of the electoral watchdog included ECP Secretary Umar Hameed Khan, Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal Hussain, director generals and assistant DGs of the pertinent departments.

Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice president of PTI, criticised Naqvi’s nomination as interim chief executive of Punjab and promised to wage a significant battle against “this system”.

Fawad responded, “There are no other options left than to protest this system in the streets.”

He continued by saying that they disagreed with the ECP’s choice to fill the important position with a “controversial” individual. He made fun of the electoral watchdog by remarking, “The ECP never let them down.”

Fawad urged PTI supporters to get ready for Imran Khan’s leadership in a significant campaign.

Fawad Chaudhry cautioned that people would “now make their own conclusions” on Twitter. “[We] condemn the choice of Mohsin Raza Naqvi [as interim chief minister], he stated in his letter.

PTI leader and former education minister, Shafqat Mahmood, criticised the decision: “The one man considered most unsuitable for this position.”

He added, “This amounts to practically giving [PML]N and PPP control of how elections are conducted in Punjab.”

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