Federal govt recommends three names for CEC post

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ISLAMABAD: As the Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan’s five-year term ends on Dec 6 (tomorrow), the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has recommended three names for post.
According to details three names proposed for the slot include incumbent ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob and two former bureaucrats Fazal Abbas and Arif Khan.

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On Wednesday, a 12-member parliamentary committee, under the supervision of Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari deferred the appointments of ECP members for a week. The participants had decided to hire CEC and other members on the same time.
Earlier, PM Office had raised objections on the names recommended by opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of CEC.

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The suggested names were Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Jalil Abbas Jilani and Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.
Jilani remained principal secretary of former premier Nawaz Sharif and worked as chief secretary Punjab under chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Nasir Mehmood Khosa is considered close to Sharif family and Akhlaq Tarar has also worked as federal secretary.
Shehbaz Sharif maintained that PM Imran should have initiated this process of consultation a long time ago.

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The letter by PML-N president also comprised three names each from Sindh and Balochistan for their nominations as the ECP members.
From Sindh, the opposition leader had recommended Nisar Durrani, Justice (retd) Abdul Rasul Memon and Aurangzeb Haq.

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The names of Advocate Supreme Court Shah Muhammad Jatoi, former advocate general Muhammad Rauf Atta and Rahila Durrani were also proposed from Balochistan.  
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