President Asif Ali Zardri Sunday welcomed the nomination of Justice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as the caretaker Prime Minister by the Election Commission of Pakistan.


Senator Farhatullah Babar quoted the President as saying that the nomination of Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was a culmination of a part of the constitutional process to ensure free and fair elections and will be welcomed by all across the political divide.


Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a former judge of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, was named as the interim Prime Minister to supervise the May 11 parliamentary elections.


Shortly after Khoso was named as the interim Prime Minister, he told the media in the southwestern city of Quetta that holding of free and fair elections would be his first priority.


President Zardari said that the forthcoming general elections under a caretaker neutral set up is a very significant and welcome development that should help in banishing the specter of manipulate power transfer.


He said that the caretaker Prime Minister was selected under the constitutional process and an independent and empowered election Commission duly empowered by the Parliament for the first time in the country’s history.


The President also asked the people to exercise their right to vote and elect their representatives who best represented their hopes, aspirations and priorities.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Sunday telephoned Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and congratulated him on his nomination as caretaker PM of the country, the PM office said.


The Prime Minister assured the caretaker Prime Minister-designate of his fullest cooperation and extended best wishes, a statement said.