Abbasi says will agree on opposition's name for caretaker PM

by Abel Hampton May 7, 2018, 10:01
Abbasi says will agree on opposition's name for caretaker PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said that politicians deserve the same respect as judges, generals, and government officials.

He said this while speaking to journalists after a farewell dinner hosted by Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for members of the assembly nearing the end of its tenure.

PM Abbasi claimed on Thursday that the upcoming general elections would be conducted by "aliens", not the caretaker government, echoing the remarks repeated by the ruling party.

The general elections are scheduled to take place in Pakistan before July 30.

He said the party had strong candidates in all the constituencies to contest next polls. "I have discussed the appointment of caretaker prime minister with the opposition leader, and it is hoped that an agreement would be reached on one name".

Asked about the sudden increase in the load-shedding, he explained the government has added above 10,000MW to national grid, however the technical difficulties will remain there.

"The issue of caretaker prime minister was not so important but it was being given undue importance", asserted the premier.

A person selected by the Pakistan general assembly would act as a caretaker Prime Minister for 60 days after the dissolution of the assemblies.

Addressing a ceremony of the groundbreaking of Sialkot to Pasrur Road in Pasrur, he remarked that a country which doesn't respect its politicians can never progress. The Pakistan prime minister also condemned the disqualification foreign minister Khawaja Asif for having Iqama by the Islamabad high court.

Earlier Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan had supported the decision of disqualification on the basis of Iqama.

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