Pakistan names former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk as caretaker PM

Pakistan’s former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk was on Monday named as the country’s caretaker Prime Minister for a two-month period, ending the political wrangling between ruling PML-N and the Opposition ahead of the General Election on July 25. The announcement was made by Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah at a press conference here which was also attended by incumbent Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

The name is Nasirul Mulk, who has remained a Chief Justice. He has played a historic role… in the judiciary and when he was a lawyer. The job of the caretaker Prime Minister is to keep the country running between the dissolution of Parliament and the new government being sworn in. Mulk was born on August 17, 1950 in Mingora, Swat, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He worked as lawyer and judge for several years before his appointment as the 22nd Chief Justice of Pakistan in 2014.

Shah expressed hope that Mulk will successfully conduct free, fair and impartial elections in Pakistan on July 25. The announcement came after weeks of deadlock between the PML-N and the Opposition over the name of the caretaker Prime Minister. It took the government and the Opposition six meetings to decide on a name for the position.

In its 70-year-long history, the country experienced its first democratic transition of power in 2013, when Pakistan Peoples Party handed over the power to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which had won the General Election.

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