ISLAMABAD, Former chief justice of Pakistan, Justice retired Nasir ul Mulk was announced on Monday to be the caretaker prime minister during the election process in the country.
The announcement was made by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, Khursheed Shah at a press conference in federal capital Islamabad along with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The caretaker prime minister was selected jointly by the government and opposition after President of Pakistan approved July 25, 2018 as the date for the general elections in the country. After the completion of the term on May 31, a caretaker setup will be installed to the federal and the provinces till the new elections.
There was a deadlock between Premier Abbasi and the Opposition Leader during past five meetings between them over the name of the caretaker prime minister that was resolved on Monday. Announcing the name, Shah said, “We have chosen his name on the basis of merit. We took our parties into confidence and decided upon this name.” He expressed his joy over the completion of five year term by the government. “We expect that the elections will be free and fair,” he added.
The 68-year-old Mulk belongs to the northern Swat district. He completed his degree of Bar-at-Law from Inner Temple London and was called to the Bar in 1977. He practiced as an Advocate in all fields of Law for more than 17 years and appointed as a judge of the Peshawar High Court before being appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.
He took oath as the 22nd chief justice of Pakistan in 2014. A total of 105.95 million voters in the country, including 59.2 million male and 46.7 million female registered voters, will exercise their right to vote during the general elections.
Source: Kuwait News Agency