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Imran mulling proposal to announce stopgap nominee for Punjab CM

ISLAMABAD: With no clear choice for the slot of Punjab chief minister in sight, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is reportedly mulling over a proposal to appoint a PTI MPA as chief minister temporarily, until a decision for the permanent one is made.

A senior PTI leader told Pakistan Today that the PTI senior leadership was in session on Tuesday to detail the party’s nominees for various slots.

“During the consultation, a proposal was floated to appoint any PTI member of Punjab Assembly as a chief minister as stopgap measure. A strong PTI leader might elected in the by-election, who can later be appointed as a permanent CM,” the source said.

When asked to comment whether the PTI wanted Shah Mahmood Qureshi to get elected in the by-election, the source said that the decision would be taken by PTI chairman in this regard.

“What I can inform you is that the PTI chief is yet to decide the new candidate for coveted slot of Punjab chief minister as there is a lack of strong and seasoned campaigner among the party’s newly elected Punjab assembly members. So, a new proposal was floated today to resolve the issue,” the source said.

When asked why the party did not field a strong candidate in July 25 elections, the PTI leader said that the party had fielded Shah Mahmood Qureshi with the same intention but he lost to a little known PTI rebel leader, Salman Naeem, who defeated Qureshi as an independent from Multan.

On Dr Yasmin Rashid being seen as a possible candidate for the stopgap arrangement, the source said that the PTI leaders had floated the idea and party chairman would take decision in this regard.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]

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