Islamabad: Ex-CJP Nasir-ul-Mulk has been named as the caretaker prime minister after several rounds of talks between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed on Monday. The Caretaker Prime Minister will assume the office upon the expiry of the tenure of PML-N government on May 31.
The announcement was made by the leader of the opposition Khursheed Ahmed Shah accompanied by PM Abbasi and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in a press conference and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb at the Parliament House.
Reacting to the announcement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf hailed the nomination of the ex-CJP who also headed the commission who investigated the rigging allegations in 2013 polls. Talking to media PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said the former CJP is very well aware of the issues in election process and has suggested recommendations.
Talking to the press, Abbasi said it was a difficult decision as all names were credible but former CJP’s was selected on merit after taking the political leadership into confidence.
The PM thanked the opposition leader and Pakistan Peoples’ Party for agreeing to his nominee. “It’s a name no one can point fingers at,” he added.
Shah credited the NA speaker for playing a major role in both parties reaching an agreement. “The person is very respectable one,” he said
The opposition leader and PM Abbasi have met six times prior to today’s meeting but no consensus reached on the name for the position of caretaker premier.
The current government is expected to conclude its five-year term on May 31, after which the caretaker government will take over to hold the general elections, which are expected to be held in the last week of July or the first week of August. The caretaker prime minister will lead the interim set-up and attend to day-to-day matters of governance.
The PM had earlier said “No” to the PPP’s panel, which included the names of Jalil Abbas Jillani, Salim Abbas Jillani and Zaka Ashraf. Sources said that Abbasi, while conveying his “No” to Khursheed Shah last Monday, asked the leader of the opposition either to come up with some new names or accept one of the three names recommended by him.
The prime minister’s panel includes the names of Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk, Justice (retd) Tassaduq Jillani and Ms Shamshad Akhtar.
Political Parties welcome Justice Nasirul Muld as caretaker PM
Political parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamaat-e-Islami among others, welcomed the appointed of former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk as interim prime minister.
Moments after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah announced that Justice (r) Mulk will be caretaker premier until general elections on July 25, several political leaders hailed the decision.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman took to Twitter to congratulate the former chief justice. “Want to congratulate Justice (r) Nasir ul Mulk on being appointed caretaker PM,” Imran tweeted.
Want to congratulate Justice (r) Nasir ul Mulk on being appointed Caretaker PM.
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Further, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said his party welcomes the decision of naming Justice (retd) Mulk as caretaker premier.
“Justice (retd) Mulk has an advantage as he was the head of a judicial commission probing into rigging in 2013 general elections,” Chaudhry said while speaking to Geo News.
“He is aware of issues pertaining to elections,” he added.
“We hope that he implements the recommendations he gave as acting chief election commissioner to ensure the upcoming general election is transparent,” the PTI leader further said.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also took to Twitter to congratulate Justice (r) Mulk.
“Moving forward for the sake of strengthening democracy — congratulations to Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk on being appointed caretaker prime minister,” he tweeted.
Moving forward for the sake of strengthening democracy — congratulations to Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk on being appointed caretaker prime minister
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Further, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Sahibzada Tariq Ullah said the party accepted the name of Justice (retd) Mulk as caretaker.