Lahore: In a statement issued today, Secretary Information PTI Shafqat Mahmood said that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf was approached by Jamaat e Islami to seek its opinion on the three names put forward by PML N. The party feels that propriety demanded that it should have been directly consulted by the N league, but it was not. This is particularly strange given that Mr. Nawaz Sharif had himself declared a few weeks ago that while constitutional requirement was that only the leader of the House and the Opposition would decide on the name of the caretaker Prime Minister but his party would consult all major parties inside and outside parliament to evolve a consensus. However, said Shafqat, this was not done with PTI, even though the party had indicated that it would be ready to be consulted formally by PML N.
Commenting on the names conveyed to PTI by Jamaat e Islami, Shafqat Mahmood said that all three, Justice retd Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice retd Shakirullah Jan and were eminent people and qualified to assume the challenging mantle of Caretaker Prime Minister. They all have a clean record and have distinguished themselves in public service. Mr Justice retd NasirAslamZahid had resigned on principle rather than retake oath on the PCO. He is a man of high integrity and PTI has no doubt that he will be able to discharge his duties without fear or favour. The same can be said for Justice retd Shakirullah and Mr. Paleejo.