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Deadlock over Pak caretaker PM

As Pakistan goes to the polls on May 11, a deadlock remains over the appointment of a caretaker prime minister with political parties unable to come up with a consensus candidate.

world Updated: Mar 22, 2013 01:23 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

As Pakistan goes to the polls on May 11, a deadlock remains over the appointment of a caretaker prime minister with political parties unable to come up with a consensus candidate. Three days after the cabinet and the parliament quit their positions, the choice of a caretaker PM has not been decided with some predicting that the decision will be made by the Election Commission.

There has been a flurry of activity in the country as the president announced on Wednesday that elections would be held on May 11. Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party is making arrangements for its biggest ever political show at the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on March 23.

In another development, former president Pervez Musharraf submitted an application for bail before arrest in the Sindh High Court through his lawyer. Musharraf is set to arrive in Karachi on March 24, to contest the general elections.

He stands accused in the cases of murder of Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Bugti and the operation on Lal Masjid in Islamabad but failed to present himself before the court and went into self-exile. There are fears that he may be arrested on arrival in Pakistan.