Government reveals nominees for caretaker prime minister

Published: March 14, 2013
Former finance minister Hafeez Shaikh. PHOTO: AFP

Former finance minister Hafeez Shaikh. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf nominated three names for the post of caretaker prime minister, Express News reported on Thursday.

Former finance minister Hafeez Shaikh, former governor of State Bank of Pakistan Dr Ishrat Hussain and Justice (retired) Mir Hazar Khoso were nominated by the premier.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and its like-minded opposition groups had earlier nominated Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan and Rasool Bux Paleejo for the office.

Constitutionally, an interim prime minister has to be chosen by the leader of the house and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly with consensus.

The government had vehemently criticised the opposition’s nominees for the caretaker prime minister.

Earlier in March, Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had announced the opposition’s three names as nominees for the caretaker Prime Minister.

The names proposed included Justice Nasir Alsam Zahid, Shakirullah Jan and Rasul Bakhsh Palijo.


The Express Tribune is interesting in knowing who their online readers consider the best nomination for caretaker prime minister.

Take our short survey now:

Who should be Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister?

Results will be published in The Express Tribune and online.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Maher
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:09PM

    I guess Dr Ishrat Hussain is a sensible and neutral choice but PPP and its allies will push for Hafeez Shaikh for their own favors.


  • AGK
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:26PM

    Dr. Ishrat Hussain selection as caretaker premier would increase the confidence of all the stakeholders both at domestic and international level in conducting a free and fair electoion in the country.


  • Random
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:03PM

    Dr.Hussain is a fantastic choice, would love to see this happenRecommend

  • Salman Chaudhary
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:13PM

    Definitely not Hafeez Shaikh. He’s been the most incompetent and ineffective Finance Minister in Pakistan’s recent history. My vote would be for Dr. Ishrat Hussain.


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 1:18PM

    that’s my boss they are talking about here, Dr. Ishrat Husain……wooo hooo :D


  • Bilal
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:18PM

    I must commend PMLN here for giving best names for caretaker PM after getting feedback from all opposition parties. What is PPP thinking by giving the name of it’s own finance minister for this crucial post?


  • sick
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:23PM

    Any CEO of a private company can run the business better then these politicians……….all it requires is sincerety and politicians lack it


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 1:38PM

    Appointing Dr. Ishrat Hussein would be an effort to compensate/control the immense damage PPP caused to this country……No better choice so far than Dr. Ishrat


  • Careless Whispers
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:42PM

    Hafeez Sheikh??? u gotta be kidding me…..


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 1:46PM

    Yeps that’s my boss being mentioned here, Dr. Ishrat Husain


  • A J Khan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 1:50PM

    Dr ishrat would be a very good choice.


  • Arman Yousaf
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:11PM

    From the pulic side, I’ll vote for Dr. Ishrat;)


  • Huma
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:12PM

    Dr. Hussain…excellent choice.


  • Asher
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Dr. Ishrat hussain is better choice.


  • ofmoria
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Dr. Ishrat all the way.


  • enGiNeeR
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:51PM

    i strongly recommend Dr.Ishrat hussain.


  • enGiNeeR
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:51PM

    i strongly recommend Dr.Ishrat hussain.Recommend

  • boltanaujawan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:27PM

    mr. shaikh has been miserably failed to deliver positive performance in 5 years. Ironically, PPP is still nominating his name for caretaker prime minister.


  • Nisar Hussain
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Justice (retired) Mir Hazar Khoso from balochistan and a neutral person just like Fakhrodeen priority should be given to himRecommend

  • Something Clever
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:37PM

    It makes me wonder if Hafeez Shaikh is on the list because he was always intended to be there or if it was the publicity about the possibility. I suppose it doesn’t matter either way.


  • ahmed
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:40PM

    Dr. Ishrat is the best…..


  • ahmad jan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Dr Ishrat would be best choice.


  • Rehan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Dr. Ishrat whould be a better choice over all other nominees from both Govt. and Opposition.


  • gk
    Mar 14, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Though I believe Dr Ishrat is a wonderful choice but I dont want him to be a part of this political melodrama! He is already doing a splendid job as Dean and Director of IBA Karachi. I want him to be an IBA dean for at least 10 more years or only if hez been shortlisted for caretaker govt i hope caretaker govt remains for 3 years the least to remove all dirt which exists in this country with army support. Otherwise he is good for me as IBA Dean! He is doing a splendid job there! While I know Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid is a good choice also, he is a good man also apart from Dr Hussain!


  • Waseem Arain
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:14PM

    @Roger Eli: My hunch is that Dr. Ishrat Hussain, would be our caretaker Prime Minister. Formal announcement is only the matter of time.


  • omair
    Mar 14, 2013 - 6:25PM

    I would personally like to see Altaf Hussain as care taker prime minister.


  • Syed
    Mar 14, 2013 - 6:52PM

    My “aam insaan” dad knew Dr. Ishrat Hussain a while back. He has nothing but good stuff to say about the man. Dr Ishrat Hussain has my vote too :)


  • asim
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Hafeez sheikh has already destroyed the economy


  • Mashal
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Thumbs up for Dr Ishrat Hussain


  • anwar
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:53PM

    Lot of emphasis on the state bank. Looks like a lot of cash is going to go missing


  • Khan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid the nominee of opposition is the best choice whereas Dr Ishrat Hussain nominee of Govt is the better than the remaining four.


  • Adnan
    Mar 14, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Interesting choice… will be taking oath over phone!!!


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 14, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Dr. Ishrat Hussain is a man of principle and symbol of integrity.

    If government will go to the people and ask in referendum, majority of the voters in Pakistan and Overseas Pakistanis will cast their votes in favour of Dr. Ishrat Hussain to be the Care-Taker Prime Minister of Pakistan.


  • Anonymous
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:08PM

    Dr. Ishrat Hussian is right person to be but Hafeez Shaikh will be nominated


  • Concerned
    Mar 14, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Govt Opposition has a Muk-muka, PPP’s ex-Finance Minister Hafeez Sheikh will be the PM


  • ali Mustufa
    Mar 15, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Dr. Ishrat Hussein is the right choice, but you know the dirty politics here in pakistan :-)


  • S M Ali
    Mar 16, 2013 - 11:27AM

    @Roger Eli:
    INSHALLAH Dr. Ishrat, would be our caretaker Prime Minister.


  • Mar 16, 2013 - 6:53PM

    INSHALLAH Dr. Ishrat, would be our caretaker Prime Minister.


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