Pakistan to form interim Government
Pakistan will install a caretaker government next month in a major
commitment to holding general elections in early 2008, the information
minister announced Tuesday.
The national parliament will be dissolved on November 15 and an
interim government formed by President Pervez Musharraf in the run-up to
the polls, scheduled for early January, Mohammad Ali Durrani said.
“The interim government will be formed by President General Pervez
Musharraf,” Durrani told a press conference.
“But it will be formed after consultation with opposition parties.”
He said “undisputed persons” would be chosen to form the caretaker
government in the next step to holding free and fair elections.
The provincial assemblies would also be dissolved and caretaker chief
ministers appointed in each of the nation’s four provinces, Durrani
Musharraf, a key US ally, has been embroiled in months of political
crisis and faces growing international pressure for a return to
Musharraf, who seized power in a coup eight years ago, has vowed to
step down as army chief and become a civilian leader once his victory in
presidential polls held on October 6 is declared valid by the Supreme
Those polls, boycotted by most of the opposition, were conducted by
the outgoing parliament and provincial assemblies.
Former premier Benazir Bhutto is expected to return on Thursday after
eight years in self-imposed exile to lead her party in the elections.
Bhutto has been given an amnesty by Musharraf on corruption charges
that forced her to flee the country in 1999. The accord is seen as a
step towards a possible power-sharing pact with Musharraf ahead of the