ISLAMABAD: Leader of the opposition in National Assembly Raja Riaz met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday as part of the consultation process for the selection of the caretaker prime minister.
After detailed deliberation, the two leaders decided to meet again tomorrow (Friday) to reach a consensus on selecting a name for the caretaker prime minister.
As per the constitution, the prime minister had invited the opposition leader to a meeting regarding the appointment of the caretaker prime minister.
The meeting to consult the name of the caretaker prime minister was held in a cordial environment, said a press release issued by the Prime Minister Office.
On the other hand, the PM Office in a statement confirmed that further deliberations between Riaz and Shehbaz will be held tomorrow (Friday).
The consultation between the premier and opposition leader was due after the dissolution of the 15th NA of Pakistan last night, with President Arif Alvi’s approval of the summary sent by PM Shehbaz.
“The president dissolved the National Assembly on the advice of the prime minister under Article 58-1 of the Constitution,” read an official statement issued by the President’s Office on X, formerly known as Twitter, late Wednesday. PM Shehbaz had formally invited Riaz for the meeting for consultation in a letter.
In his letter, the premier said that the president has dissolved the National Assembly under Article 58(1) of the Constitution and that he is ready to fulfil his constitutional responsibility for the appointment of the caretaker prime minister.
A process to appoint a caretaker prime minister will be conducted under Article 224-A of the Constitution, which will usher in an interim government to oversee an election.