Irshadullah, Ishrat short-listed as caretaker Pak PM

November 14th, 2007 - 10:38 am ICT by admin  

The former governor of the State Bank and Chairman of National Governance Reforms Commission,

Hamid Nasir Chattha and some other politicians could also be considered for the post if the government decides against bringing in a technocrat as caretaker Prime Minister.

PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto during her talks with the Musharraf regime had proposed Chattha’s name.

Sources said that while Dr Hussain enjoyed full support of almost all parties in the ruling coalition, some had reservations about Irshadullah.

Several high-level meetings have been held in Islamabad to decide about the caretaker Prime Minister and the cabinet.

Sources said that the government had contacted former caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, but he had refused to consider government’s request.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had made the offer when he met Jatoi during his recent visit to Karachi, the Dawn reported.

Sources said other names considered at various stages for the caretaker Prime Ministers included former minister for privatisation Hafeez Sheikh and veteran lawyer Senator SM Zafar.

It had been decided that the caretaker cabinet would consist of 16 ministers.

The caretaker PM, along with his cabinet, will take oath on Nov 16 at the President’s House. (ANI)

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