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  1. mujahideen

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    Pakistani PM chooses senior ministers

    By Simon Cameron-Moore

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new prime minister has chosen senior ministers who should be welcomed by businessmen and calm some U.S. nerves over cooperation on counterterrorism, a source close to the incoming government said on Thursday.

    Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will announce 22 members of his cabinet on Saturday when he seeks a vote of confidence in the National Assembly, a spokeswoman for his party said.

    Gilani is a senior member of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and is forming a coalition with the party of another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and two smaller parties.

    The two main coalition partners defeated the former ruling party that backs President Pervez Musharraf in the Feb. 18 parliamentary election, raising speculation that U.S. ally Musharraf could be forced to quit in the coming weeks or months.

    The source close to the government told Reuters on Thursday that the PPP, led by Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari, wanted a steady transition to civilian rule after 8-1/2 years under Musharraf, who came to power as a general in a 1999 coup.

    Sharif, the prime minister Musharraf deposed, is pushing for Musharraf to go sooner rather than later, the source said.

    Allies and near neighbours have been concerned about the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arms, as al Qaeda-inspired militants have intensified efforts to destabilise the Muslim nation with a wave of suicide attacks on security forces and politicians.

    The incoming government was unlikely to change the nuclear command and control system, overseen by the National Command Authority, chaired by the president, with the prime minister acting as vice chairman, the source said.

    "There's no reason to change anything in a hurry," he said.

    "The PPP's preference for everything is steady, gentle transition," he added, saying that the same went for Musharraf's future and operational relationships with the United States in counterterrorism.

    The U.S. military is anxious that the switch to dealing with an elected government, rather than Musharraf, could hamper its operations, but it would have to adjust to working with the new Pakistani leaders, the source said.


    WHO GETS WHAT

    PPP politicians were being appointed to ministries handling national security related issues, including defence, interior and foreign affairs, as well as those covering the social sector, like health and women's affairs.

    Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party will be in charge of ministries dealing with macro-economic issues, including finance, water and power and petroleum.

    "Initially, we're talking about a 22-member cabinet," PPP spokeswoman Sherry Rehman said, adding it would be expanded later.

    Investors, who have fond memories of Sharif's pro-business governments in the 1990s, are expected to welcome the new faces.

    Pakistani shares ended at a new closing high as investors banked on a period of political stability. The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) benchmark 100-share index rose 0.50 percent to end at 15,275.47.

    Helping the United States hunt al Qaeda has brought Pakistan's army into conflict with its own people, and tribes living in the semi-autonomous lands along the Afghan border have been alienated by Musharraf's policies.

    Rehman declined to disclose the names of ministers, but the source close to the government said Shah Mehmood Qureshi will become foreign minister and Ishaq Dar will be finance minister.

    Qureshi, 52, is president of the PPP in Punjab, Pakistan's richest province and home to half its 160 million people,

    He belongs to a land-owning family, graduated from Britain's Cambridge University, and switched from Sharif's party to Bhutto's in the mid-1990s.

    Dar, 60, is a member of Sharif's party. An accountant by training, he was commerce minister in 1997 and became finance minister a year later.

    Generally well regarded, Dar was criticised for what some saw as a naive approach to markets, blaming speculators for currency and stock market volatility during an economic crisis triggered by sanctions over nuclear tests in 1998. Dar subsequently negotiated an IMF rescue package.

    After the coup he was detained for two years.

    (Additional reporting by Kamran Haider)
     
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    Ishaq dar as finance minister! not again. :tdown:
     
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    President to administer oath to new cabinet on Monday

    ISLAMABAD, Mar 29 (APP): President Pervez Musharraf will administer oath to the new federal cabinet Monday afternoon at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, an official source said.The summary for the new cabinet has been received at the President House from the Prime Minister Secretariat, following which the Aiwan-e-Sadr announced to hold the ceremony on Monday (March 31).

    The ruling coalition is yet to announce the number of ministers and their portfolios.

    Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani earlier on Saturday obtained a unanimous vote of confidence from the National Assembly. He was elected leader of the House on March 24 and took oath of his office the next day.

    Associated Press Of Pakistan - President to administer oath to new cabinet on Monday
     
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    Rehman Malik as the Interior Minister and incharge of the narcotics division, freakin hell, what was zardari thinking? congrats guys, the corrupt people are back on the seats!:angry:
     
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    Musharraf swears in 24 members of Pakistan cabinet

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf swore in 24 members of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's cabinet on Monday, six weeks after opposition parties won a general election.

    Eleven of the new ministers were from assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's party, which won the most seats in the election and nine were from its main coalition ally, the party of another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.

    Of the other four, one was an independent member of parliament and three were from two smaller parties joining the coalition.

    Some members of Sharif's party being sworn in wore black armbands, in a show of protest against Musharraf, who they consider an unconstitutional president.

    As expected, Ishaq Dar, a member of Sharif's party, is finance minister and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a member of Bhutto's party, is foreign minister, according to a government statement.

    Minister of defense is Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, a member of Bhutto's party.

    More ministers will be appointed later, party officials have said.

    A top student from Punjab University, Dar was an accountant before he was appointed commerce minister in a pro-business Sharif government in 1997. He identified export-led growth as a cornerstone of economic strategy.

    He became finance minister in November 1998 and concluded negotiating an IMF rescue package to tackle an economic crisis triggered by sanctions over nuclear tests in May that year.

    While generally well regarded, Dar, 60, was criticized for what some saw as a naive approach to markets, blaming speculators for every rapid movement of the currency and stocks.

    Dar was detained for nearly two years after Musharraf overthrew Sharif in a 1999 coup.

    Qureshi is president of the PPP in Punjab, Pakistan's richest province and home to half its 160 million people and the seat of power of the political and military establishment.

    Qureshi, 52, comes from a land-owning family from the eastern city of Multan and is a graduate of Britain's Cambridge University.

    He served as finance minister in Punjab's provincial government, headed by Sharif's party, in the early 1990s, before joining the PPP. He was a junior minister for parliamentary affairs in Bhutto's second government in the mid-1990s.

    Among other appointments announced on Monday, Sherry Rehman, a top Bhutto party spokeswoman, has been made minister of information.

    The four-party coalition is made up of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the ethnic Pashtun-based Awami National Party and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam religious party.

    (Editing by Robert Birsel and Sanjeev Miglani)
     
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    lets hope this works as country is rife with problems. they should be focussing on enery crisis, atta crisis and terrorism