Opposition leader Bhutto says world should stop supporting president.
Mohammadmian Soomro will head the interim line-up that will be sworn in on Friday, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, railways minister and a close Musharraf ally, said on Thursday.
“We totally reject it. This appointment, in fact, is part of General Musharraf’s scheme to perpetuate his rule,” said Mushahidullah Khan, vice-president of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s party.
Soomro is a former banker. The full cabinet list would be issued later although television channels said several Musharraf loyalists had been appointed.
Bhutto has called for a unity government in Pakistan and urged all opposition parties to come on board.
“I am very worried and angry – Musharraf should realise that we don’t need him”
Avas, Islamabad, Pakistan
She also demanded that Musharraf steps down as president and said she would never serve as prime minister under him.
A previous alliance between the two broke up over Bhutto’s contacts with Musharraf.
Musharraf imposed emergency rule on November 3, suspending the constitution, getting rid of hostile judges, rounding up thousands of opponents and curbing the media.
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However, it comes a day after the White House issued a blunt call for Musharraf to relent and on the eve of the US deputy secretary of state’s visit.