The gover­nment and the opposition Pakis­tan Peoples Party (PPP) have reached an understanding to delay annou­ncing the names of the caretaker set-up probables and keep their discussions under wraps as long as possible to avoid unnecessary debate in the media on the issue.

Sources said Prime Minis­ter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah had in their first meeting agreed that they would not disclose the names of their respective nominees for the office of caretaker prime minister till last mom­ent in order to avoid “controversies” over the names.

The prime minister and the opposition leader had already held two or three formal meetings on the issue, but each time they claimed before the media that they had not discussed or exchanged the names so far.

Talking to Dawn on Sun­day, Mr Shah said he might meet the prime minister in the next two or three days to have another round of consultations with him on the issue. He confirmed that he had reached an understanding with Mr Abbasi that they would exchange the names in their last meeting and that the names, if came under discussion, would not be disclosed to the media.