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All eyes on PM Abbasi, Shah as consensus over caretaker setup yet to be reached

With only a few days before Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz completes its tenure, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah are yet to reach a consensus over caretaker setup.
So far, five meetings have been held between PM Abbasi and Khursheed Shah but all of them ended in a deadlock. It is expected that the matter will be sent to the parliamentary committee.
While addressing a press conference on Thursday, PM Abbasi had shared that no consensus could be reached over the names suggested by the opposition, adding that he will again meet Shah either today (Friday) or on Monday in another attempt to reach consensus.
“However if there is no consensus then both myself and Shah will send names to the parliamentary committee, which will make the decision,” he had remarked. 
‘Wished to propose judges’ names for caretaker PM’
On the other hand,  Shah expressed displeasure Thursday night at being told that no judges would be named as candidates for the position of caretaker prime minister, especially considering that the incumbent government, as per sources, put forward the names of two former chief justices.
Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said his party wished to propose the names of certain judges as the caretaker PM. However, it was not clear which names he had in mind.
Earlier, sources had said the current leadership suggested names of Justices (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk and (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani — both ex-chief justices of Pakistan — whereas the PPP finalised Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani as its candidates for the position.
Shah subsequently announced that he would not be meeting Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for a consultation on the name of the caretaker premier.
The PPP leader noted that Abbasi has, from time to time, backtracked from his position in consultative meetings with him. The two have met six times to date over the issue but no consensus could be reached.