Sethi sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Punjab

ISLAMABAD — Renowned Pakistani journalist and TV anchor Najam Sethi was sworn in on Wednesday as caretaker chief minister of Punjab.

By Our Correspondent

Published: Thu 28 Mar 2013, 9:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:13 PM

Governor Punjab Ahmed Mahmood administered the oath.

Later, talking to newsmen, Sethi vowed to run a clean, non-partisan and impartial interim government with a small cabinet, glued solely to ensuring free, fair and transparent elections. He pledged to improve law and order, deal strongly with terrorism and sectarian violence and protect minorities.

Educated in Lahore and London School of Economics, Sethi is the second journalist to be chief executive of country’s most populous and prosperous province.

Earlier in 1976, Hanif Ramay from a middle class urban family briefly held that office in 1976 in the feudal dominated province.

Currently editor of a weekly political magazine Friday Times, he also hosts a popular TV programme of political analyses on Geo TV.

During his professional career he faced incarceration under Zulfiqar Bhutto, Ziaul Haq and Nawaz Sharif.

He has also been receiving threats from extremist religious outfits for his liberal views.

Sethi, 65, was chosen by a bipartisan parliamentary committee reconvened late on Tuesday night by outgoing chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, after it had declared its failure to reach a consensus in three days intense discussion. He was proposed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) but the PML-N leadership finally endorsed the name to avoid referring it to the Election Commission.

Three other provinces, Khyber Pakhtun-Khwa, Balochistan and Sindh, have already selected their caretaker chief ministers.

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