ISLAMABAD - On the one hand Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso is under pressure from the mainstream Opposition parties to oust the Interior Minister for overtly leaning towards Mian Nawaz Sharif while on the other hand he is hectically searching for some suitable person to take care of the already in tatters national economy. 

With the preparations of the budget document for fiscal 2013-14 already in full swing, the caretaker government is requiring a full-fledged Finance Minister to give his input in the budget document as well as to handle the ongoing negotiations with IMF and other international financial institutions. Caretaker Prime Minister had picked Dr. Mushtaq Khan to take care of Finance Ministry but he was forced out of the Cabinet at eleventh hour owing to his service in the State Bank of Pakistan. At the same time in first phase Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was keeping some of important portfolios including Defence, Foreign Affairs, Inter-Provincial Coordination, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs and Finance with him which would definitely be creating problems for the caretaker set-up in days to come.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat said that Mir Hazar Khan Khoso is an introvert person and keep his plans close to his chest so most of the people around him are clueless about his moves.

However, these sources said that in past few meetings with the officials of Ministry of Finance the issue of bringing in some suitable person to be appointed as caretaker Finance Minister did figure in these meetings and the officials at Ministry of Defence had given input to the caretaker PM in this connection.

These sources further said that once again the option of bringing in some person from abroad aware of the working of the international financial institutions and also having some links in these bodies is under serious consideration and some person with such background may be picked to serve the country during the interim period.

On the other hand, Khoso is seemed least inclined to expand his Cabinet keeping in view the short period left for the polling date for the next general elections.

However, if the pressure would continue mounting for the removal of Interior Minister Malik Habib from the mainstream parties, he would be left with little choice to remove him especially if the Election Commission of Pakistan would come up with some definite directive in this connection because PPP and some other parties are planning to move reference against him (Malik Habib) with Election Commission of Pakistan.