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ECP selects Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM

ECP selects Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has selected Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso from Balochistan to serve as the caretaker prime minister.

Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim on Sunday announced the name of Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker prime minister for the upcoming elections.

The name for justice (retd) Khoso was finalized after four member of the ECP voted in favour of him whereas only one member had voted against him, Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim told media personnel.

The ECP came to the decision on the second day of deliberations between its members after the parliamentary committee formed over the issue failed to reach a consensus.

The decision was taken by majority votes as member from Punjab Justice (retd) Riaz Kiyani differing from the decision wrote a note of dissent on the order.

The ECP session was chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim while all four members representing the four provinces were in attendance.

Earlier, speaking to the media upon arrival at the Election Commission, the member from Sindh Roshan Essani said that all the ECP members are respectable and that the decision will be unanimous or by majority vote.

Earlier , the parliamentary committee was given the task of selecting the caretaker prime minister of the country which failed to decide on a caretaker prime minister even after three consecutive days of vigorous discussions, following which the matter automatically fell into the ECP’s court to be decided.

Sources had said that after the ECP’s first day of meeting, Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim and Justice Rahman found the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s second nominee, retired Justice Mir Hazar Khoso, as the most suitable candidate, whereas Justice Kiani and Justice Khan wanted the office to go to the PML-N’s first nominee, retired Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid.

The PPP had forwarded the names of Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and former State Bank Governor Dr Ishrat Hussain, whereas the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had put forward the names of Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Rasool Baksh Palijo., after consultations with the government and opposition parties respectively.

It is pertinent to mention here that Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was born on 30th September, 1929 in Village Azam Khan , District Jaffarabad , Balochistan and graduated from University of Sindh in 1954 and passed LLB in 1956 from University of Karachi.

He joined the legal profession in 1957 and enrolled as Advocate of High Court of West Pakistan Karachi Bench in 1959 and Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1980.

He was elevated as Additional Judge of Balochistan High Court on 20th June 1977 to June 1979 and again elevated as Additional Judge on 31st March 1985.

He was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Balochistan High Court on 31st March 1987 and appointed as Chief Justice of Balcohistan High Court on 13th December 1989.

He also remained Acting Governor Balochistan from 25th June 1990 to 12th July 1990 and from 13th March, 1991 to 13th July, 1991.

Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso retired as Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan on 29th September, 1991.

He was appointed Judge of Federal Shariat Court on October 18 1991 and elevated as Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court on 17th November, 1992 and held his office upto July 8, 1994.

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