LAHORE - After the completion of transitional phase of installing caretaker governments in the Centre and the three provinces, all eyes are now set on Punjab where the issue of caretaker chief minister lingers on despite dissolution of the Assembly last week.

The parliamentary committee resumed its sitting on Monday, but the two sides failed to agree over one name. Though the PML-N members did not raise any objections over the neutrality of PPP’ nominees for the caretaker slot, they kept on insisting on the selection of one of their candidates.

The PPP team, on the other hand, expressed reservations over the names recommended by the government. Thus, the meeting ended over deadlock on the issue.

 The committee is now left with only one day to evolve consensus over a name, or else the ball would go into the court of Election Commission.

Zulfiqar Gondal, Shaukat Basra and Zaheeruddin Ahmad are part of the parliamentary body from the Opposition’s side, while Rana Sana Ullah, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Iqbal Channar are the nominees of Punjab government.

The law secretary and the advocate general on Monday advised the committee that no new names could be included in the present penal of probable candidates at this stage.

The names of Justice (R) Amir Raza Khan, Khawaja Zaheer, Justice (R) Zahid Hussain and senior journalist Najam Sethi are under scrutiny. The Election Commission would pick one name among these if the politicians fail to reach agreement over one of their own nominees.

Talking to the media after the meeting, former Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah said that PML-N had no reservations over the names recommended by the Opposition. But at same time, he insisted that Opposition should agree over one of government’s nominees since no opposition party except the PPP and the PML-Q had any objection over the two names.