LAHORE - New names have surfaced for the slot of caretaker Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers.
The name of Abdul Razak Dawood – a former commerce minister and world renowned corporate icon – has appeared among the possible candidates for caretake prime minister.
Earlier, the names of Chief Justice (r) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, distinguished economist Dr Hafeez Pasha and former State Bank of Pakistan governor Ishrat Hussain were tipped as the possible choices for the key position.
The names for the federal cabinet have also been doing the rounds and the key people whose names are being mentioned by different sources include Maleeha Lodhi, Barrister Taimur Malik, Abbas Khan, Shakil Durrani, Taimur Azmat Osman, Dr Adeeb Rizvi, Khurram Shehzad Chughtai, Ameena Zafar Cheema, Dr Salman Shah, Mushtaq Chhapra and Col (r) Ihsan-ur-Rehman.
The expected candidates have recognition for their positive roles in their respective fields.
The final list, the reliable sources said, would only become known once the name of the caretaker prime minister is finalised but it is likely that most of the names mentioned above would be part of the caretaker setup.
The previous caretaker governments have also included prominent technocrats, retired civil servants, retired judges and generals.
However, the names mentioned above give the impression that the stakeholders are serious about having a neutral and very competent team in place this time to ensure a smooth and timely transition of government.