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ISLAMABAD: Constitutional experts in Pakistan fear delay in the selection of caretaker premier if Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan don’t agree on a name.
They argue that if both fail to reach an agreement on the caretaker prime minister, someone may seek intervention of the Supreme Court for interpretation of Articles 224 and 224-A of the Constitution.
Under Article 224, after the dissolution of the National Assembly the prime minister and the leader of opposition will have three days to conclude consultations on the caretaker prime minister. In case of an agreement, one name will be sent to the president for appointment. But in case of disagreement, Article 224-A will come into play.
Under it, an eight-member parliamentary committee will be constituted by the National Assembly Speaker. It will comprise four members each from the treasury and opposition benches to be nominated by the leaders of the house and the opposition.