Former Pakistani Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has been nominated by caretaker Prime Minister Imran Khan. Fawad Chowdhury, leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said the prime minister had nominated him on Monday.
He said a meeting of the PTI’s main committee had approved former Justice Gulzar Ahmed as caretaker Prime Minister. Since then, Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated Gulzar Ahmed as caretaker Prime Minister.
“I am proposing the name of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed for the post of caretaker Prime Minister,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a letter to President Arif Alvi.
Earlier, a statement from the president’s office said that President Alvi had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif in accordance with Article 224 of the constitution asking them to nominate the caretaker Prime Minister within three days.
The rejection of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and the unrest in the country after the dissolution of parliament have finally taken the court to court. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday began hearing the legitimacy of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for early elections by dissolving parliament after the opposition’s no-confidence motion was rejected by the National Assembly.
Former cricket star Imran Khan lost a majority in the country’s parliament last week after the country’s ruling political party left the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) alliance, an ally of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led alliance.
A no-confidence motion against him was scheduled to be held in the lower house of parliament on Sunday, but the motion was rejected by the deputy speaker after the session began, calling it unconstitutional and a foreign conspiracy.
The conflict with the opposition has left the nuclear-armed country, which has been under military rule for almost half the time since independence in 1947, facing a major constitutional crisis.
Whatever the decision of the Supreme Court, it seems that Pakistan is heading for new elections before the current Parliament and the term of the Prime Minister expires in 2023. Even if Imran Khan wins that election, elections will be held in the next 90 days. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will seek to have Imran Khan re-elected.
Pakistan’s opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif has accused Imran Khan of high treason for rejecting a no-confidence motion in parliament. An editorial in Pakistan’s English-language daily Dawn on Monday said the nation was shocked today. The country’s political analysts and the media also predicted the defeat of Imran Khan.