ISLAMABAD, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani government and the main opposition are likely to head to a possible deadlock over the nomination of caretaker prime minister as the government has only one day to complete its term, local media reported Friday.
A caretaker prime minister will take over on the dissolution of the assemblies on March 16. However, the government and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) have not yet agreed on a consensus candidate. Both sides had proposed names for the slot.
Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly said Friday that consultations could only move forward if the names proposed by the opposition (PML-N) party for the caretaker prime minister are considered by the government.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is in constant contact with leader of the Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, about nomination of a suitable person for the office of caretaker prime minister, the PM office said.
The prime minister continues to make effort to reach an agreement on the name of a caretaker prime minister, a statement said. The opposition rejected three names proposed by the prime minister.
The opposition leader said if consensus on the name of caretaker prime minister is not reached, the matter will then be referred to parliamentary committee, which will refer it to the election commission.
The opposition withdrew former Supreme Court judge Justice (Rtd) Shakirulllah Jan from the list of three proposed candidates.