ISLAMABAD - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said the ball is in the court of government about the appointment Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), as the prime minister has not shared so far his proposed names with him to resolve the matter.

“Despite the fact that I have told Ishaq Dar that I am leaving abroad on November 9 and will return on November 24, the prime minister has not contacted me on this matter,” Khursheed Shah said this while talking to journalists on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court (SC) a couple of days ago had directed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ensure by November 13 the appointment of a permanent Chief Election Commissioner.

The court also directed both Khursheed Shah and Nawaz Sharif to complete their consultation process on the matter.  Commenting on further delay in the appointment of CEC, he made it clear that further delay in the appointment of CEC will be due to government side. “Delay in appointment is due to government side,” he added. About PTI’s sit-ins at Constitutional Avenue, he stressed the need for dialogue to resolve the issue with mutual understanding.

He further said that negotiation should be made with Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) on different matters. “If Imran Khan agrees for dialogue then we can talk to government on all matter, including judicial commission,” he argued.

To a question about MQM’s recent annoyance, he said it is responsibility of the government to appease them. He also strongly condemned Israel’s violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The Government of Pakistan should also take notice on this matter, as it is against international laws,” he added.