Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that names suggested by the opposition cannot be rejected, in fact they will be sent to a parliamentary committee.

He said that the government is turning back on its earlier commitment regarding the appointment of caretaker prime minister.

While talking to media persons, he said, “At this point, it is appearing that the matter regarding the appointment of caretaker prime minister will be settled through a parliamentary committee as the government is backtracking on its earlier commitment.” 

The leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said, “Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has no authority to reject our nominees for caretaker premier." 

But, Shah on Tuesday said both the government and the opposition are trying their best to finalise the name of caretaker prime minister through the Parliament.

The opposition leader and PM Abbasi have met five times but no consensus has been reached on the name for the position of caretaker premier. Another meeting is expected to be held between the two leaders this week.

After his meeting with the premier on Tuesday, Shah had said, "It would be good for the Parliament if this matter can be agreed upon in the upcoming meeting."

"If not, then a committee will be constituted, to which the names will be sent within three days and the majority decision will be implemented," Shah said.

He added that he had put forward names of senior bureaucrats for consideration for the post of caretaker PM.

However, according to sources, former prime minister and PML-N quaid Nawaz Sharif is not in favour of appointing a retired justice or bureaucrat as the caretaker premier, and hence PM Abbasi has asked for more time on the matter.

The government is believed to have suggested names of former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani – also a former chief justice – and former State Bank governor Dr Shamshad Akhtar.

Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi, who was earlier touted as among the favourites for the post, is missing from the list, sources said.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has finalised the names of Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for caretaker prime minister.