ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has termed unconstitutional and unlawful a demand of leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan that the provincial governors should be replaced before the upcoming general elections.
He said that governors have nothing to do with the exercise of executive authority and that under the 18th constitutional amendment the role of caretaker setup has been limited.
The governors, Kaira said, would only run day to day affairs and help in holding of free‚ fair and transparent elections.
The minister said that the caretaker setup will be established in consultation with the opposition leader in the National Assembly. When the general elections are going to be held under an interim setup‚ why is confusion being created, he asked.
About the formation of caretaker setup in Balochistan‚ Kaira said that if a provincial assembly is suspended, its authority is exercised by the National Assembly.
He urged the mainstream media to exercise care in reporting on sensitive issues, and pointed towards instances of misreporting on important issues recently, thereby creating wrong impressions and perceptions.
About the appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of oil and gas regulatory authority (Ogra), Kaira said that the media had presented the news in such a manner where it seemed as if Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had named Sadiq for the post, which was wrong.
He explained that appointment of heads of different regulatory authorities is done as per prescribed procedure. He said that procedure was also adopted during appointment of Ogra chairman, where 17 names were proposed by a committee headed by the minister of petroleum and included the secretary of petroleum‚ joint secretary of petroleum‚ private sector representative Shaukat Hayat Durrani and additional secretary establishment.
To further shorten the list, the then Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was also looking after the Ministry of Petroleum at the time, asked Ashraf to head the committee. This committee short-listed four names. One of them was Tauqir Sadiq‚ which was ultimately approved by Gilani.