Dar consults Shah over new CEC issue

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday called on opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah at his chamber in the National Assembly to consult for the appointment of the chief election commissioner.

Currently, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali of the Supreme Court is working as the acting chief election commissioner. Previously, Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Nasirul Mulk served as the acting chief election commissioner.

The apex court judges were tasked with the job following the resignation of former chief election commissioner Fakharuddin G Ibrahim who quit following last year’s general elections. Under the 18th amendment in the constitution, it is binding upon the government to consult the opposition over the appointment of a chief election commissioner.

Today’s meeting between Senator Dar and Khurshid Shah is a follow-up of the letter written by the opposition leader to the prime minister on June 25, 2014. In the letter, the opposition leader had stated that no consultation process had started to decide on the appointment of a new election commissioner as Ibrahim had resigned from the office.

Moreover, he wrote that as the opposition leader was often approached by political parties and the media regarding the appointment of a regular election commissioner, it was important that ad-hocism does not become the way of business. In his letter, he stated that he hoped that the prime minister would initiate the process on an immediate basis keeping in view the demands of the political parties.

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