PESHAWAR - After failure of the six-member parliamentary committee to appoint the caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Election Commission of Pakistan will now act to fill the slot.

In this connection, Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser on Monday forwarded a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan, seeking the nomination of a caretaker chief minister for the province. The letter also included four names proposed two each by the former chief minister Pervez Khattak and opposition leader Maulana Lutfur Rehman.

The former chief minister had recommended bureaucrats Himayatullah Khan and Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, while the opposition is backing businessperson Manzoor Afridi and Justice (r) Dost Muhammad Khan. The ECP has confirmed receiving a letter from the KP Assembly speaker, and a final decision would be announced within the given time.

Earlier, former chief minister Pervez Khattak and Lutfur Rehman held several meetings to finalise a name for the caretaker KP chief minister, and reportedly name of a businessman Manzoor Afridi was approved with consensus, however; later, the PTI retreated from the decision, as the party chief Imran Khan disagreed to Afridi citing severe criticism in mainstream and social media. Afridi had no political background and the critics said that he had been nominated for the slot on the basis of his enormous wealth. Thus, the matter went to the parliamentary committee consisting 3 members each from the government and the opposition.

Though, the parliamentary committee also discussed the above mentioned four names. It however too did not reach on a consensus, and finally the matter was forwarded to the ECP as per the Constitution.

On other side, the KP opposition parties accuse opposition leader of not incorporating names of the rest of the opposition parties in the list proposing a caretaker chief minister of the KP.