LAHORE: Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, nominated by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was sworn in as the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, despite opposition from other parties.
On Sunday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced Naqvi’s appointment and he immediately took the oath of office. Governor of Punjab, Baligh-ur-Rehman, administered the oath to Naqvi.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rejected the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to appoint Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab.
In a joint statement, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Raja Basharat, and Hashim Jawan Bakht described the appointment as “inappropriate.”
The members of the parliamentary committee of the PTI claim that the decision of the ECP has created serious political uncertainty.
“Mohsin Raza Naqvi is a controversial character and completely devoid of the necessary skills and abilities,” said the PTI members.
Former Minister of Railway, Azam Swati, also criticized the appointment, stating, “What the ECP has done is in direct violation of the Supreme Court’s Order.”
Senator Ejaz Chaudhary termed the appointment deeds of PMLN and the ECP.
“These criminals of PDM have appointed their tout to compromise the forthcoming provincial elections,” says Zartaj Gul.
The matter of appointing a caretaker Chief Minister (CM) for Punjab was raised after January 12, 2023, when the current CM sent the summary of the assembly’s dissolution to the governor.
On January 14, the assembly of Punjab was dissolved as per the constitution.
PML-N and the provincial government each sent two names for the caretaker head of the provincial ministers, but no solution was reached.
In the aftermath of the disagreement between the parties, the speaker of the Provincial Assembly (PA), Sibtain Khan, constituted a parliamentary committee.
On Friday, the committee failed to agree on the name of a caretaker CM, and the matter was referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Yesterday, the ECP selected the name of Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, a nominated candidate of PML-N, as the caretaker CM of Punjab.
Who is Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi?
PML-N nominated two names for the caretaker chief minister of Punjab are; Mohsin Raza Naqvi and Ahad Raza Cheema.
According to the reports, Mohsin Raza is a journalist who got his higher education in the USA and is associated with the American channel.
Mohsin founded local media City News Network in 2009, and there are six news channels and Newspapers working on his name.
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