ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has geared up consultations on his cabinet expected to be in place by March 29, sources said on Tuesday.

Although there was no official word, sources, however, said Prime Minister Khoso called on President Asif Ali Zardari and exchanged views on the formation of his cabinet.

Both the leaders are believed to have discussed broader contours of the interim federal cabinet with the view whether it should solely consist of technocrats or it should also include politicians. "It is the sole privilege of the prime minister to decide about his cabinet," sources said.

Some sources were of the view that the prime minister might opt for a group of technocrats as cabinet members to save precious time to get on with his assigned task of holding free, fair and transparent elections in a peaceful environment.

Sources said the cabinet division has lined up nearly 73 people largely with technical background now being shortlisted for the induction as ministers.

Prime Minister Khoso has already made it clear that he would like to have a small cabinet of maximum 13 ministers. "Situation on ground will soon be clearer," a source privy to the developments told TheNation requesting anonymity. Sources were less convinced that prime minister would opt for political ministers in his cabinet simply because of the paucity of time he needs to go about this process.

"There are bright chances that he would opt for professional and technical people to address the major challenges faced by the country," they added.