KARACHI - The ruling PPP is seriously considering two names - Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah and Justice (r) Hamid Mirza for the slot of caretaker chief minister of Sindh.

While the MQM on Friday also made public the five names for the slot of caretaker CM, including Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice (r) Ghaus Muhammad, Justice (r) Munib Ahmed Khan, Justice (r) Mahmood Alam Rizvi and Barrister Habibur Rehman.

Opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly and MQM’s parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed while talking to the media persons said that a total of five names have been recommended by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the post of caretaker Chief Minister in Sindh, which have been forwarded to the CM Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Sardar said that he hoped that the caretaker CM would be chosen with consensus.

Though, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah after Sindh Assembly session told the media persons that he is leaving for Islamabad for consultation on the caretaker setup as well as date of dissolution of the Assembly. He said that after finalising two names each by him and opposition leader, the consultation will be started soon between them.

It may be noted that MQM has suggested the five names as all are Urdu Speaking while other parties’ name for the caretaker setup are from different ethnicities.

Ruling PPP’s nominees for caretaker CM slot are Deedar Hussain Shah, who was removed as NAB chairman. While, the other nominees for the slot is justice retired Hamid Mirza is from the family of former Sindh home minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza.

It may be noted that PML-F has suggested three names, including former Pakistan’s representative in the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon, former Sindh chief secretary Aslam Sanjrani and agriculturist Khair Muhammad Junejo. PML-Likeminded has suggested three names, including former chief justice of Pakistan Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice (r) Sadiq Leghari and Azeem Almani for the slot of the caretaker cm.

The CM and opposition leader will formally hold meeting on Saturday (today) to decide the consensus name of caretaker CM.

Meanwhile, Fatima Jinnah Dental College will hold its 16th convocation on March 22 at a local hotel. As many as 74 students will receive their BDS degrees at the ceremony. FJDC, in its 20-year history, has produced over 1,200 dental graduates, 20 percent of the total number of dental graduates all over Pakistan.

Considering the acute shortage of dentists in Pakistan and abroad, this is a great contribution indeed. Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, Vice-Chancellor, Karachi University, Dr Tasleem Hussain, Principal FJDC, Dr Hussain Askari, Director Academia and Administration, FJDC, and Dr Baqar Askari, Chief Executive and Head of the Institution, FJDC, will be among the dignitaries present at the occasion.

Dr Ammar Hussain Pabany has been judged the best graduate of the 16th convocation of FJDC for the BDS course of University of Karachi, spanning a period of four year. He will receive cash award of Rs50,000 along with best graduate shield and 8 gold medals out of 16 awarded for achieving the highest marks in each subject. Overall 16 gold medals, 12 shields for top positions in the four years, together with 114 distinctions in various subjects, will be awarded at the convocation ceremony.