Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso named interim PM of Pakistan

Published: March 24, 2013

Mir Hazar Khan Khoso. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sunday finally selected a caretaker prime minister, a retired judge, to head up an interim administration to guide the country through its historic election period.

Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, 84, was selected by the election commission after a parliamentary committee and rival parties failed to agree on a candidate. He comes from the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan.

“We have picked Mir Hazar Khan Khoso after frankly and openly discussing all the four names forwarded to us,” chief election commissioner Fakhruddin Ibrahim told reporters in Islamabad.

The outgoing government had proposed Khoso and a former central bank governor Dr Ishrat Husain, while the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N, frontrunner to win the May 11 polls, put forward the name of another retired judge Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid and a politician Rasool Bux Paliejo.

Khoso, speaking to the media, assured that the general elections in the country will be held on time, and he will leave his post after completing his term.

He also said that the elections will be free and fair.

Khoso was selected a week after parliament dissolved and four days after President Asif Ali Zardari set the date of the general election.

The vote is set to mark the first time that an elected civilian government hands over to another in a country that has seen three military coups and four military rulers since partition from India in 1947.

The announcement was made just minutes before former military ruler Pervez Musharraf landed back in Pakistan after more than four years in exile, defying Taliban death threats in a bid to contest the May election.

Militant attacks and record levels of violence directed against the Shia Muslim minority have raised fears about security for the polls in the nuclear-armed country of 180 million.

Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khoso

A venerated officer, bearing a reputation of honesty, Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, 84, hails from the Goth Azam Khan Khoso in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan. Nominated by the ruling party, his first political appointment came as the Acting Governor of Balochistan – an office he kept for three months after the death of Governor Muhammad Musa, who served as the 10th governor of the province from December 17, 1985 to March 12, 1991.

Earlier, having served as judge of the Balochistan High Court, Khoso was promoted to assume the position of Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court for a tenure spanning from 1990 to 1991.

As a judicial officer, Khoso never indulged in any controversy and kept himself away from politics and while being a judge in the superior courts. Owing to the respect and trust he enjoyed from Baloch nationalist leaders and separatist elements of Balochistan, the ruling party considers him invaluable in bringing disgruntled elements to unity.

After retiring from the provincial court in September 1991, Khoso took up the office of Judge of the Federal Shariat Court. After a few years of diligent service, in 1994, Khoso was promoted as Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court.

Because of his clean reputation, Khoso currently serves as the Balochistan Chairman of the Zakat Council, a position that demands both uprightness and responsibility. This is a testimony to Khoso’s wide popularity among the leadership of Balochistan.

Since long, Khoso has steered clear from politics, focusing mainly to his Zakat Council job. However, he is active as an agriculturist in his town Subatpur.

Recently, his son, Advocate Amjad Khan Khoso, is reported to have joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

His other son, Mehrab Khan Khoso, was elected as an MPA of Balochistan Assembly on the ticket of Pakistan Peoples Party in 2008.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:32PM

    Congratulations to the care-taker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso.

    I hope that he will make sure that elections in Pakistan would be held in transparent manner.

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  • akhtar tak
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:37PM

    A very wise selection, congradualtions. Fakhroo bhai

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  • Ali Zaid
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:37PM

    I just hope he lives upto his reputation and write a history through his exemplary rule as care taking PM.
    Best of luck

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  • Khosa Baloch
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:38PM

    He is from my home town. He is very honest and respected person I have ever seen. Good luck Judge.Recommend

  • erudite
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:38PM

    nice decision, Fakhru Bhai at last succeeded to select one other Fakhru…

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  • MOA
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Very disappointed by our politicians. They couldn’t figure this out when they had the chance. Wasting precious time of the ECP a month and a half before elections. This move could have made the ECP controversial.

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  • Ayesha Bhaalay
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:48PM

    Great News! I just hope these clean and neutral guys are able to take care of any one wanting to rig the elections. I want free and fair elections for Pakistan!

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  • ZZQ
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:49PM

    His son was an MPA of PPP???

    Still, I will trust the decision of Fakhru bhai…

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  • Mar 24, 2013 - 12:54PM

    Dr. Hussain is still the better choice.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:57PM

    The term agriculturist seems to be an euphemism for feudal lord.

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  • Tahir Zain
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:08PM

    Wow.. An 83 year Chief election commissioner selects an 84 year old PM!!

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  • Riaz
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Hope he remains care-taker instead of care-taking.

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  • sehr.siddiqui
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:31PM

    The job of a Caretaker Prime Minister and that of Chief Election Commissioner are purely administrative in nature. To me choice of retired judges at both positions is absolutely wrong and shows lack of understanding on the part of parliamentarians and the Election Commission.

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  • M
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:32PM

    He is 84 years of AGE. Can u hear me scream!!! For God’s Sake

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  • Shah
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:32PM

    Is there no age limitation for becoming the PM?

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  • Mar 24, 2013 - 1:38PM

    All the best my lordership.

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  • Akb
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Another victory for zardari

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  • ZZQ
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:58PM

    @ Tahir Zain
    And in reality, we do need the wisdom the few honest ppl left of this old generation as v have lost the pure values of our elder generations and today are living in the world of Lust, deceit, dishonesty…Recommend

  • Hemant
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:01PM

    83 year old Chief Election Commissioner and 84 year old Caretaker Prime Minister !
    Along the way why not another 80 year old as the Chief of Army and as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court .

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  • pero
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Why Pakistani obsessed with age, look how vajpie and man Mohan served their nation…

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  • Riaz Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Dr. Ishrat Hussain would have been ideal person for the economy of the country but our politicians are least concerned about economy instead looking after their own interests. Nawaz Sharif you truly disappointed us & showed your petty minded thinking. What country can expect from you if you become PM of the country?

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  • muhammad yasin
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Shame for the politicians who once again betrayed the nation by not showing enough matuirty and wisdom. Out of the available 4 names, justice khoso is the best choice. In fact PML(N) again proved lack of wisdom, inability of tolerence,consensus and cooperation. Its nominees showed its lack of prudence and sincereity. Both its nominees were visible controversial. why it withdrew the name of Justice Shakirullha Jan,is not understood. It is a bitter fact that nominees of the government were far better than that of opposition. Wish the selected PM is able to accomplish the most gigantic task of holding free and fair election. PML N should learn lesson of its continued mistakes.Recommend

  • Niaz Kh
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:56PM

    candidate of PML-Naan was better

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  • Rizwan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:14PM

    pray that he will not be inclined towards PPP, otherwise it will be a punishment to people of Pakistan.

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  • Historian 1
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:19PM

    How an 84 year old will ” take care”. Pakistani politics is beyond imagination.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @Riaz Khan: Array Riaz Bhai, the CT PM is here to get elections done. U can’t be talking about the economy. Just pray & vote for the right guys and then In Sha Allah our economy will be back on track.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Thanks God. Good choice. Now all tom, dicks and harry type of persons should shut their mouths and concentrate on elections.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Good decision….by Fakhro & his team.

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  • Historian 1
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @ Pero: Manmohan is just a painting on the wall. Sonia is running the show.

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  • Careless Whispers
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:54PM

    *Nice going, 1 Son in PPP & Other one in PTI….. how can u call this appointment FAIR????, a person with no political affiliation should have been appointed. *

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  • Muhammad Salal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:53PM

    There is NO such guy named as Mehrab Khan Khoso (as mentioned in article, referring him as his son). He has got three son’s (Two are in Government service and the third one is a practicing lawyer in Dera-Allahyar Khan) !!

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:55PM

    It seems he is the right person to be interim PM, he will do his best as he has done in the past. It is time some one take away the keys of the treasury from this corrupt lot in Islamabad.I think Pakistanis are going to elect some honest person this time around.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:11PM

    @Careless Whispers: If one of his son “was” an MPA of PPP and one is a member of PTI that means he has a balanced family. I am sure his grandsons would also be politically active and people can have problems with that. Let us not forget that Mr. Jinnah’s only daughter was a non Muslim. Yet we are proud that he created a Muslim state and was not biased or corrupt. When a person is old and has a large family he/she is not responsible for their all political activities.
    Regards,
    M

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:35PM

    A very wise game plan by PML(N) and PPP. If P.M. and Oposition leader or Committes had decided earlier, everyone would have called it Muk Muka. Now PML(N) and PPP can fight as real rivals and two finalists. Politicians are not that stupid.

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  • Soeknandan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:35PM

    I guess this is just the burst of youth and vitality that Pakistan’s politics needed.

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  • Usman786
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:36PM

    if age is no bar then appt Syed Babar Ali as education minister, Razak Daewwod as Commerce minister and Sahibzada Yaqub as foreign minister, Ishrat Hussain or Dean NUST as Finance minister

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  • Pakistan One
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:54PM

    What about the caretaker deputy PM?

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  • Pakistan One
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @Tahir Zain: Hilarious! isn’t it.
    @Historian 1: Just like an 84 year old CM took care of Sindh.

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  • khurram
    Mar 24, 2013 - 11:10PM

    The man who needs to take care of himself has become our care taker, what an irony!

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  • Ahmad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 11:37PM

    Congratulations Mr. Prime Minister!!!

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  • Arsalan Mustafa
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:12AM

    Mir Hazar Khan Khoso,

    For many he holds the reputation of being honest and a man of virtue, but frankly I do not agree on a single points based on the following facts:

    He has been nominated by PPP
    He has been the product of the system that has ruined Pakistan
    During his tenure in Balochistan hardly any change in cases are evident
    Appointed and promoted during the PPP regime several times
    Had been Governor of Balochistan but did nothing

    I can barely believe he can remain impartial during the election as he has indirect association with PPP for several year, although he did not declare it….but lets hope how fair elections he can held ….

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  • Mirza
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:18AM

    It is ironic that all consensus appointments are well in their eighties. It points out that there might not be younger men who can be trusted by all parties? There were some excellent names but they were not dummies and had some record of political activity. That is why longtime govt servants with no political history and retired can become trusted by all parties. Not great news for Pakistan’s future or is it?

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  • ali hyder jamali
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:50AM

    Wao……..Once again Jaffarabad Balochistan is feeling Proud to Live in P.M House Islamabad. BUTTTTTTTTTTT our Roads are still damged.

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  • asif
    Mar 26, 2013 - 1:54AM

    80+ year old Election Commission and caretaker PM. Senile octogenarians who will be least able to ascertain, assess and act.

    Just perfect for election malpractice dhandli.

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  • Riaz
    Mar 28, 2013 - 10:50PM

    Good Luck Mr. Khoso. Hope to have a free and fair elections. Everything now rely on you to protect a people of Pakistan.

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