Khoso caretaker ministry

The Khoso caretaker ministry was the Pakistani caretaker federal cabinet that was sworn into office on 2 April 2013.[1] On 24 March 2013, Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was nominated by the Election Commission as the caretaker prime minister, out of four nominees coming from both the opposition and the dissolved government.[2] Khoso was sworn into office on 25 March 2013.[3]

Khoso caretaker ministry

cabinet of Pakistan
Date formed2 April 2013
Date dissolved7 June 2013
People and organisations
Head of stateAsif Ali Zardari
Head of governmentMir Hazar Khan Khoso
Status in legislatureCaretaker government
PredecessorAshraf ministry
SuccessorThird Sharif ministry



Khoso's cabinet was sworn into office on 2 April 2013,[1] but were handed their official portfolios on 4 April 2013 with the exception of Sohail Wajahat Siddique, who received his portfolio at a later date.[4]

At the swearing-in ceremony on 2 April 2013, 15 ministers were shortlisted for the cabinet but one chair was removed at the "eleventh hour".[1] Dr Mushtaq Khan from Sindh was touted to become the caretaker federal minister of finance but dropped out at the last minute.[5] Speculations around his absence suggested that Khan was stopped from taking his oath because he had been serving as the chief economist at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and would have had to resign from the SBP before taking an oath in the caretaker setup.[6]

Ministry[4] Minister
Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control Malik Habib
Ministry of Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Ahmer Bilal Soofi
Ministry of Water and Power Musadik Malik
Ministry of Information and Postal Service Arif Nizami
Ministry for Industries and Production Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh
Ministry of Religious and National Harmony Shahzada Jamal Nazir
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui
Ministry of Textiles and Commerce Maqbool HH Rahimtoola
Ministry of Housing and Works Younus Soomro
Ministry of Railways Abdul Malik Kasi
Minister for Ports and Shipping and Communication Asadullah Mandokhel
Ministry of National Food Security and Research Mir Hassan Domki
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Ministry of Science and Technology, IT, Professional Training and Education Dr Sania Nishtar
Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel


  1. Malik, Maqbool (3 April 2013). "Caretaker Khoso's cabinet sworn in". The Nation. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  2. "ECP selects Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM". Dawn. Pakistan Herald Publications. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  3. "Pakistan's caretaker PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso sworn in". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. "Federal cabinet: Caretaker ministers assigned portfolios". The Express Tribune. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. "Would-be finance minister dropped at last minute". Dawn. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  6. Raja, Shoaib A; Haider, Mehtab (3 April 2013). "14-member caretaker cabinet takes oath". The News International. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
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