ECP appoints Prof Hassan Askari as caretaker CM Punjab

He is a renowned political and military analyst who served as professor emeritus of political science

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday announced Prof Hassan Askari Rizvi as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab.


Addressing a press briefing, Additional Secretary ECP, Dr Aktar Nazeer said the commission had received four names from the government and opposition of Punjab to consider for the position of caretaker CM Punjab.

He said the decision of nomination of CM Punjab was made after thorough discussion and with consensus by the Commission in its consultative meeting which was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza and attended by all members of the commission.

He said that Prof Hassan Askari is a famous educationalist and he has long-time affiliation with education sector. He said that being analyst on various TV talk shows, he has proven himself as an expert on national and international issues.

He said the ECP has appointed him under article 224 of the Election Act 2017.

The matter of nominating the caretaker CM Punjab was referred to the ECP after the failure of parliamentary committee to reach consensus over the proposed candidates, with charges being against each other for failure to reach a consensus by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

PTI had proposed the names of news analyst Ayaz Ameer and defence analyst Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi for the post of caretaker CM, while the PML-N had nominated Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Justice (retd) Mohammad Sahir Ali.

Dr Rizvi is a renowned political and military analyst who served as professor emeritus of political science at his alma mater, Punjab University. He also served as a visiting professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999. During 1988 to 1991, Dr Askari served as Professor at Heidelberg University of Germany. On March 23, 2010, the professor was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan. He is author of a number of books, including ‘Military, State and Society in Pakistan’ and ‘The military and politics in Pakistan: 1947-1997’ among others.

— APP

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