Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan's ex-judge to become interim prime minister

Pakistan's ex-judge to become interim prime minister

Pakistan welcomed the former chief justice, Nasirul Mulk, as caretaker prime minister.

A government official said that all preparation have been made to administer oath to the caretaker prime minister at the President House where President Mamnoon Hussain will give oath to Nasirul Mulk.

Nasir-ul-Mulk told reporters after taking oath as the caretaker prime minister that holding of transparent elections is his top and foremost priority. Following the ceremony, Justice Mulk was presented a guard of honour by the armed forces.

Chairman Senate, Sadiq Sanjrani, Deputy Chairperson and other politicians were in attendance at the ceremony.

Mulk was welcome by nearly all political parties and figures, including Imran Khan, the country's popular opposition leader and former cricket star who aspires to become the next prime minister after the July elections.

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While speaking to journalists after the ceremony, Mulk said that members of the cabinet would be announced after discussion on the matter adding that few ministers would be inducted.

The electoral course of will start on Sunday with the submitting of nomination papers for the seats on the Nationwide Meeting and provincial assemblies.

Mulk was born on August 17, 1950 in Mingora, Swat, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He completed his degree of Bar-at-Law from Inner Temple London and was called to the Bar in 1977.

Since the famous 126-day protest sit-in of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in 2014 against the alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, it had never been a smooth sailing for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government which faced crisis after crisis amid its tense relationship with the two powerful state institutions - military and the judiciary.

He is remembered for the way he conducted a contempt case against then Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He said: "It is important that a democratic phase is over with the completion of five-year term of the PML-N government but [it is] more important that the policies good for the country should be continued".

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