QUETTA - The deadlock between Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and Opposition leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi over appointing caretaker Chief Minister did not end on Wednesday as they could not finalise a single name.

Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and his allies, including JUI-F, Awami National Party, Balochistan National Party (Awami) and some independent members have proposed three names, including Jam Kamal Khan, Justice (Retd) Amanullah Yaseenzai and Justice (Retd) Ahmed Khan Lashkari.

Similarly, Opposition leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi and his allies, including PML-Q leader Jaffar Khan Mandokhal, PPP Provincial President Mir Sadiq Umrani, Independent members leader Sardar Aslam Bizenjo have suggested names of Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai, Sardar Saleh Bhootani and Hussain Bakhsh Bangulzai, however, so far both Chief Minister and Opposition leader have not reached to a single name.

Nawabzada Tariq Magsi and his allies have also started consultations with other political parties, including nationalists. National Party has proposed two names, including that of former President of Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmed Kurd Advocate and former Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.

However, the PML-N has expressed its reservations on names given by Opposition. However, some sources claimed that Chief Minister Raisani and Opposition leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi had showed consensus over two names, including Justice (Retd) Ahmed Khan Lashkari and Sardar Saleh Muhammad Bhootani. “In  the next phase these names would be discussed and the decision would be made till Thursday,” they added.

Constitutional experts stated that Chief Minister and Opposition leader have only one day to decide the name of the caretaker Chief Minister, otherwise, the issue would go to Parliamentary Committee and if the latter also could not decide name then the issue would go to Election Commission.

Meanwhile,  The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has given hints to move the Supreme Court over the issue of Opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly.

Talking to media persons after attending an event of Balochistan Bar Association here on Wednesday, JUI-F Amir Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said that they would go to Supreme Court and Election Commission over restoring Nawabzada Tariq Magsi as Opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly.

“This is the beauty of democracy that all institutions should work within their ambits,” he added.

He said that this was their Constitutional right to challenge the judgement of High Court in Supreme Court and would go to all forums for their rights if required.

Senator Sherani said that Opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly belonged to JUI-F and Speaker had issued his notification and it could not be challenged at any court.

It may be mentioned here that that a Divisional Bench of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) rejected an earlier notification by Speaker Balochistan Assembly Syed Matiullah Agha regarding the appointment of Maulana Wasay of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and restored Nawabzada Tariq Magsi as the Opposition leader in the Provincial Assembly.

Meanwhile, talking to media the counsel of Speaker Matiullah Agha, Kamran Murtaza Advocate said that in accordance with the rules and regulations the notification of Maulana Abdul Wasay as Opposition leader was issued which was declared unconstitutional by Balochistan High Court.

He said that Speaker did not consider the judgement of High Court as right and being the custodian of Assembly and for the sake of rectifying the record he had decided to challenge the judgement in Supreme Court.

Kamran Murtaza on Wednesday left for Islamabad to challenge this decision.