The Parliamentary Committee on appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Members of the Election Commission approved his name.
The Committee meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah in Islamabad on Monday.
The name of Fakhruddin G Ibrahim was also endorsed by Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Senator Islamuddin Sheikh proposed his name and Senator Raja Zafarul Haq followed by all the members of the Committee.
Syed Khursheed Shah said the Government wants to set up an independent Election Commission to ensure free and fair elections.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf have congratulated members of Parliamentary Committee representing government and the opposition for reaching a consensus on new Chief Election Commissioner.
They hoped that Fakhruddin G Ibrahim will ensure free‚ fair and transparent elections in the country.
In his felicitation message‚ the President said that the members of the Committee across the political divide showed maturity and wisdom at this critical time when the appointment of consensus Chief Election Commissioner was of absolute importance for free and fair elections as a necessary requirement for the political stability.
The President also felicitated Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim saying that his nomination by all the political forces was a measure of his standing. The President wished good luck to all.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has congratulated the members of Parliamentary Committee representing government and the opposition for arriving on consensus regarding the selection of Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that the Fakhar-u-Din G. Ibrahim was a well known personality with impeccable credibility. Consensus on his name as CEC will ensure free‚ fair and transparent elections in the country reflective of the aspirations of the people.
The Prime Minister said free‚ fair and transparent election amount to genuinely recognizing peoples' right to choose the government of their choice.
Fakhruddin born on February 12‚ 1928‚ is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan‚ and Senior Advocate Supreme Court‚ and peace activist. He also served as the interim Law Minister from 18 July 1993 until 19 October 1993‚ and interim Justice Minister from 5 November 1996 until 17 February 1997.
He is well known as the former Attorney General of Pakistan during the democratic government of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and served as his close legal adviser throughout the 1970s.
In 1988‚ he was also Governor of Sindh‚ appointed by the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during her first term.