­ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party on Tuesday slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for allegedly leaking names of its ‘nominees’ for the caretaker prime minister to the media without due diligence and the accusation was dismissed by the latter instantly.

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah expressed his anger at the PTI for making public the proposed names of the next caretaker prime minister without holding deliberations with him.

Monday’s media reports while quoting PTI sources said that PTI had finalized three names for the caretaker prime minister, which will be further shared with the opposition leader in the National Assembly. The names included former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, former governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr Ishrat Hussain and industrialist Abdul Razzak Dawood.

BBC Urdu in its story quoted senior PTI leader Naeemul Haq as saying that PTI had finalized the names of former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and Dr Ishrat Hussain for the next caretaker prime minister and Abdul Razzak Dawood and Shahid Kardar for the caretaker chief minister of Punjab.

Shah while talking to media on Tuesday expressed anger on PTI’s decision to announce names minister through the media and he was shocked to see all this. He said that now, there was no need to meet the PTI leadership for deliberations on the matter. “I had contacted Imran Khan’s party but received no response,” he said.

PTI Secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry last Saturday said that Khursheed Shah had contacted PTI to finalize the names for the next caretaker prime minister and PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi would soon meet him to apprise him of the PTI nominees.

Shah said that under the Constitution, the prime minister and the leader of opposition have to finalize the names of the next caretaker PM with consultation. He stressed that he wanted to take every stakeholder into confidence and added that he had told the government to finalize the name of caretaker prime minister until May 15.

He first said that the PPP had closed doors of negotiations for supreme leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. At the same time, he contradicted his statement by saying that “there are no last words in politics”. “An enemy of today can be a friend of tomorrow,” he said adding that the PPP always believed in dialogue with political powers.

Shah said that the freedom of expression should not be restricted, otherwise, there would be no difference between democracy and dictatorship. “The expression of opinion should not be used against the state,” he said adding that the law did not permit it. He also said that ousted prime minister should avoid speaking against the institutions.

PTI dismisses statement:

Responding to Shah’s statement, Fawad Chaudhry expressed his surprise at the PPP leader for accusing the PTI of revealing the names without due diligence. He said that Shah accused the PTI without proper investigations and only on the basis of media reports. He said that PTI neither officially announced the nominees nor issued a formal statement in this regard. Chaudhry said that Shah should have reached out to PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi to clear the confusion.

Chaudhry said that the position of the opposition leader was important and carelessness from such a position should not be tolerated. He said that the PTI will officially inform Shah if reached a conclusion pertaining to the caretaker nominees for the premier. He also said that it was important to appoint the caretaker PM with mutual consultations.

PTI’s parliamentary board meeting:

A meeting of PTI’s parliamentary board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter held under the chair of Imran Khan in Bani Gala. The meeting reiterated its resolve that the PTI would hold its April 29 rally at Minar-e-Pakistan despite the refusal of the Punjab government to allow the gather at the venue. The meeting decided that regional presidents of the party would be given targets in connection with the preparations of the rally and for ensuring maximum participation of party workers.

The meeting, also attended by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, decided that the parliamentary board would finalize the party tickets for candidates after May 4. It was decided that the party would also seek affidavit of loyalty from candidates along with applications of tickets. The candidates would give an affidavit that they would not violate party disciple in case they were not be awarded tickets.