Mohsin Raza Naqvi sworn in as caretaker Punjab CM

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Amid controversies and disagreements among Punjab’s political stakeholders, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi took oath as the interim chief minister at the Governor House in Lahore late Sunday night.

Punjab Governor Baligh Ur Rehman administered oath to interim chief minister Naqvi.

Earlier today, Naqvi — a nominee of the opposition — was appointed as the caretaker CM by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The ECP’s decision was categorically rejected by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which declared “Naqvi” as a “controversial” personality.

The electoral authority’s decision came after the government and the opposition failed to reach a consensus on finalising the name of a caretaker chief executive — the move appeared to kick off a new round of controversy in the country.

In a declaration, the ECP said that the meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, made the consensus decision to appoint Naqvi as the caretaker for Punjab CM.

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