Caretaker PM be a non-aligned technocrat
As the hunt for a non-controversial personality is in progress, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly has already floated at least seven names. It is really important that a national consensus should emerge, like appointment of retired Justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as Chief Election Commissioner, for selection of the caretaker Prime Minister. This is necessary because most of the names being proposed by different parties and stakeholders are nothing but attempts at point scoring, devoid of the required seriousness. For instance, veteran politician Sardar Attaullah Mengal, while commenting on reports that his name is also included in the list of those being nominated by the leader of the opposition, remarked that ‘this would be the biggest joke’. Similarly, some other personalities being suggested by different circles have clear biased in favour of one or the other interested parties. Though the caretaker set up would be just for about three months and its main responsibility would be to ensure holding of free, fair and transparent elections yet it is understood that some serious and sound personality with a team of dedicated professionals could bring about a positive change, setting right directions for economy and other things. And in view of the ground realities the holding of fair elections itself is a huge task as future of the country is directly linked with the ability of arranging elections in a manner that no one could point an accusing finger towards the caretaker set up. There are many people like Fakhruddin G Ibrahim who have clean slate and least interested to enjoy perks and privileges for a limited period but sincere to serve the country. We, therefore, believe that the caretaker Prime Minister should be a non-controversial technocrat like Dr Attaur Rehman and Dr Ishrat Hussain who earned respect because of their sincerity and devotion to the promotion of education especially science and technology and development of the country’s economy.