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Mir Hazar Khan Khoso named Pakistan's caretaker PM

Islamabad, Mar 24, 2013 (PTI)

Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a retired judge with a strong reputation for honesty, was today chosen by Pakistan's Election Commission as the caretaker Prime Minister to conduct the May 11 general elections.

Khoso, 84, belongs to Goth Azam Khan Khosa in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan province and earlier served as Chief Justice of both the Balochistan High Court and the Federal Shariah Court.

After the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition and a bipartisan parliamentary committee were unable to choose a caretaker premier after six days of deliberations, the matter was sent to the five-member Election Commission on Friday night.


Following two days of discussions, Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim announced this afternoon that the poll panel had chosen Khoso for the slot.
He said one member of the panel had given a dissenting vote.

The member from Punjab province, nominated by the main opposition PML-N, opposed Khoso’s candidature.

The PML-N had earlier expressed its reservations about Khoso, saying he was considered to be close to the Pakistan People's Party, which led the outgoing government.
Khoso was among four candidates for the post of caretaker premier.

While the PPP and its allies nominated Khoso and banker Ishrat Hussain, the PML-N proposed retired judge Nasir Aslam Zahid and Sindhi politician Rasool Baksh Palejo.
Chief Election Commissioner Ebrahim told reporters: "We discussed the candidates at length and slowly because it is a very important issue. This gentleman is going to hold free and fair elections along with us."

A law graduate from Karachi University, Khoso was appointed as a judge of the Balochistan High Court in 1977.

He went on to serve as Chief Justice of the High Court during 1990-1991 and as Chief Justice of the Federal Shariah Court in 1994.

Khoso's first political appointment was as Acting Governor of Balochistan. He served in the post for three months after the death of Governor Muhammad Musa in 1991.
He was serving as Chairman of Balochistan’s Zakat Council before his appointment as caretaker premier.

One of Khosos's sons, Amjad Khan Khoso, is linked to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, while another son, Mehrab Khan Khoso, was elected as a member of the Balochistan Assembly on a PPP ticket in the last polls in 2008.

Khoso has not been linked to any controversy during his long judicial career.
He is also respected by Baloch nationalist leaders and analysts believe this may help him in getting separatist elements to participate in the election process.

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