Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:27:42 GMT | By PTI

Will Asma Jahangir be Pakistan’s caretaker PM?

Islamabad: Pakistan's ruling PPP and main opposition PML-N are close to striking a deal on naming a consensus caretaker Premier, with top lawyer Asma Jahangir's candidature "under serious consideration", and finalising a date for polls to be held before year-end, a media report said on Sunday.

Will Asma Jahangir be Pakistan’s caretaker PM?

Amidst intense speculation regarding the outcome of the confrontation between the government and the judiciary, which may see a second Premier losing his post, Pakistan's two largest political parties "are quietly but rapidly finalising an agreement", The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying.

Abdullah Hussain Haroon, the Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations, and leading lawyer Asma Jahangir, ex-president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, are being seen as candidates for the post of caretaker Prime Minister in a set-up that will oversee the election, the report said.

Jahangir's candidature is "under serious consideration" while Haroon is being seen as a "soft, back-up option", according to the report.

The two parties have been holding discussions in private though they continue to criticise each other in public and in the media.

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