Islamabad, 5 April 2022 (TDI): The President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif, seeking recommendations for a caretaker Prime Minister for Pakistan.

The procedure for appointing a caretaker Premier has begun. If the two politicians cannot agree on a name within three days, each will submit two names to the lawmaker committee in charge of appointing a temporary Prime Minister.

Former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has been suggested by the former ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as the caretaker Prime Minister.

Fawad Chaudhry, a former Information Minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said Imran Khan decided after the party’s central committee approved it.

The National Assembly speaker will appoint an eight-member parliamentary committee of the National Assembly and Senate members, with equal representation from the government and opposition. 

Despite being de-notified as Prime Minister, PTI Chairman, Imran Khan will remain in office until a caretaker Prime Minister is appointed, the President’s Secretariat said in a press release issued after Sunday midnight.

“Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi will serve as Prime Minister until a caretaker Prime Minister is appointed in accordance with Article 224 A (4) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” according to a statement from the Cabinet Division.

In conjunction with the current Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, the President can select the caretaker Prime Minister under Article 224A (1) of Pakistan’s constitution.

The Opposition Leader, Shehbaz Sharif, has refused to participate in the process, calling it illegitimate. However, the united opposition has decided to raise questions about nominating caretaker Prime Minister and former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad for the slot for holding elections in the country.