The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has convinced other allies in the government on the matter of granting extra powers to the caretaker set-up.

The matter was discussed during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, headed by PML-N’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Article 230, which relates to the functions of the caretaker government, also came under discussion.

According to the proposed bill, the caretaker government will be given unrestricted powers, but allied parties opposed the bill, and the matter was deferred.

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After the discussion in today’s meeting, PML-N agreed to make minor changes to the bill. After these changes, the caretaker government will only engage with bilateral donors and multilateral institutions.

After the new changes, the caretaker government will have the powers under clause 2A of Section 230. The caretaker government will not be able to reach a new agreement after these changes in the bill. But the caretaker government can use its powers on ongoing projects.

Ahmed Bilal Mehboob also told The Current that “Unelected Prime Minister should not have extra powers, and it is totally opposite to the democratic system”.