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PTI suggests Dr Hassan Askari, Nasir Durrani for caretaker Punjab CM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday suggested the names of Dr Hassan Askari and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General (IG) Nasir Durrani for caretaker chief minister of Punjab.

A four-member committee of the party finalized the names after consultation. PTI chief Imran Khan has provided approval of the names.

Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed says that efforts are underway to contact Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and arrange a meeting with him.

Nasir Durrani has remained Additional IG Special Branch and KP IG. He is also a member of Punjab Public Service Commission and considered a close aid of Punjab CM.

On the other hand, Dr Hassan Askari is a professor in Punjab University’s political science department. He is also a senior analyst pertaining to politics and military.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) took another u-turn and withdrew its nominee Nasir Khan Khosa for the post of caretaker Punjab CM. Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed stated that party would announce new name for the same after holding consultation.

He further stated that announcement was made in haste, adding that names of Tariq Khosa and Nasir Khosa were given to him by PTI supremo Imran Khan.

He went on to say that party had fallen prey to misunderstanding. “Ever since his nomination, Nasir Khan Khosa has become a controversial figure”, held Rasheed.

PML-N strongly criticized the move and said that all doors of consultation with PTI are now closed. There are impregnable chances that the matter will be referred to the parliamentary committee.

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