CM-Khwaja talks on caretaker set-up enter final stage


KARACHI: As the Pakistan Peoples Party-led provincial government is set to complete its five-year term on May 28, consultations between Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izharul Hasan to finalise a consensus name for the caretaker CM have entered a forward phase and an announcement in this regard is likely to be made by Wednesday, it emerged on Sunday.

Sources said so far two meetings between the CM and the opposition leader had been held in which they initially discussed names for the caretaker CM and also the names of provincial ministers to be inducted in the caretaker set-up.

During the first meeting, no consensus was reached between the two sides. However, in the follow-up meeting the names which were submitted by Mr Shah also had approval from the PPP high command.

The sources said that after the second meeting between the chief minister and the leader of the opposition, a consultative meeting was also held with PPP leader Faryal Talpur, who is also sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari, as she reportedly looked after party affairs in the province.

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