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Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies dissolved

20 March, 2013

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KARACHI/PESHAWAR: The Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies were dissolved on Tuesday paving way for caretaker setups in the two provinces.

Meanwhile, the Punjab chief minister has been forwarded the summary for dissolution of the Punjab Assembly, which he will forward to the provincial governor. As soon as the governor signs the summary the Punjab Assembly will stand dissolved.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) have practically agreed on appointment of Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi as the caretaker chief minister of Sindh, sources said on Tuesday.

In an interesting development in the wake of PPP-MQM negotiations on installation of caretaker government in the province, the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional has been disregarded its stake in the interim setup, rather Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) is being considered by the PPP to replace PML-F.

However, the coming Sindh caretaker government comprises almost same political players that remained in the coalition government with PPP. According to sources, both the PPP and MQM agreed to induct the ANP-backed candidates in the cabinet also. They have also shared their nominations with each other for their induction into the cabinet.

Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was dissolved on Tuesday by Governor Engineer Shaukatullah. Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti had sent the advice for the dissolution of the assembly late Monday evening, official sources said.

Justice (r) Tariq Pervez, whom opposition and government benches unanimously named as caretaker chief minister during a joint press conference of Chief Minister Hoti and opposition leader Akram Durrani on March 15 in Islamabad, is set to take oath as caretaker chief minister today (Wednesday), according to a communiqué from the Governor's House.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain told media that the chief minister had sent the governor advice for the assembly's dissolution late on Monday evening, while sources in the Governor's House said the governor signed the dissolution order on Tuesday. "Chief Minister Hoti will remain in office till caretaker chief minister is sworn in," official sources told our sources.

Hoti, meanwhile, shifted his belongings to Hoti House in his hometown Mardan, according to family sources. The cabinet ministers also vacated official residences and shifted to their personal houses, according to protocol officials.

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