ISLAMABAD - As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has already shown flexibility to resume the stalled talks process with the government, it for the first time had not opposed all the three names as agreed between the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly for the slot of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).

Earlier, Chairman PTI Imran Khan objected to at least two proposed names for the appointment of CEC that had been agreed between Prime Minister and Khursheed Shah saying that both would not work impartially. He had objected to the names of justice (retd) Tassadiq Hussain Jilani and Justice (retd) Muhammad Ajmal Mian, the first was proposed by the government and the second was proposed by the Leader of Opposition.

However, this time PTI did not oppose all the three proposed names for the post whose final decision would be taken by the Parliamentary Committee on the appointment of CEC saying the party held all three names in high esteem.

Information Secretary PTI, Dr. Shireen Mazari, Wednesday said in a statement that three names were put forward by Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah to PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi for CEC post.

“PTI Chairman and the party hold all three gentlemen, Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez and Justice (retd) T A Khan in highest esteem,” she said.  However, PTI feels the appointment of the CEC is insufficient in itself to establish the independence of the ECP as the CEC is merely one amongst five commissioners, she said.

An insider in PTI said that earlier PTI had objections to the names of Justice (retd) Jilani and Justice (retd) Ajmal and because of the same reason, Imran had publicly objected to these names. PTI this time had no objection on all the three names, he said adding that Tariq Pervez remained caretaker chief minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and PTI had no doubt on his integrity.

He said that earlier the name of Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan had not been considered for the slot of CEC and the party believed that he had no political affiliations.

“Similarly, we have no objection on the name of Justice (retd) T A Khan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq told media after his meeting with Imran Khan at the latter’s residence here advised the government to take initiative for the resumption of dialogue with PTI as it was its responsibility to approach the protesting party first.

He said that he was unable to ask the protesting PTI to postpone its protest call for a countrywide shutdown as the government had made no contact with it for the resumption of dialogue. However, he expressed the hope that the current political impasse would be resolved through dialogue.

Responding to a question, Haq said that he did not discuss the appointment of CEC during his meeting with Khan. “Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar have telephoned me and informed me about three names for the appointment of CEC,” he added.