ISLAMABAD-A day ahead of the apex court’s deadline, the parliamentary committee for the appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC) has agreed on the name of Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan as the new CEC.
Senator Rafiq Rajwana of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) who heads the committee made the announcement at a press conference in Islamabad.
Later, on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain formally approved the appointment of Justice Khan as the new chief election commissioner of Pakistan. A notification has also been issued in this regard.
Sardar Raza Khan is expected to take oath of his new post on Friday.
During today’s meeting of the parliamentary committee, Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) agreed on the name of Justice Sardar Raza. PPP’s Islamuddin Shaikh proposed the name of Justice Raza for the post and Senator Haji Adeel of the ANP seconded it. MQM’s Farooq Sattar also agreed with the name along with committee members belonging to the PML-N, which led to the unanimous selection of Justce Sardar Raza.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahryar Afridi did not attend the meeting of the committee. PTI MNAs have refrained from attending meetings of the parliamentary committee since legislators from the party tendered their resignations en masse at the peak of the Islamabad sit-ins in August.
The announcement of Sardar Raza’s name as CEC was made after the parliamentary committee held a meeting today (Thursday) to finalise the name before Friday – the deadline set by the Supreme Court to fill the key constitutional office which has been lying vacant for over 16 months.