Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister takes oath

Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister takes oath

KARACHi, Pakistan – Pakistan’s former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk on Friday took oath as the country’s caretaker prime minister following the end of five-year term of Pakistan Muslim League’s (Nawaz) government.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Mulk at the presidency in capital Islamabad.

Mulk, who served as the country’s top judge from 2014 to 2015, will hold the office for an interim two-month period till the outcome of general elections on July 25.

President Mamnoon Hussain has already approved July 25 as the date for general elections.

The five-year constitutional term of Pakistan’s government and parliament ended on Thursday midnight. This was the third consecutive government since 2002 , which has completed its constitutional five-year term.

The outgoing prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was presented a guard of honor before he left the Prime Minister House on Friday.

According to the constitution, the general elections are held under a neutral caretaker prime minister, jointly selected by the government and the opposition in line with a 2002 constitutional amendment.

Profile of caretaker PM

Mulk was born on August 17, 1950 in Mingora city of northwestern Swat district, a scenic touristic spot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

He received his early education in his native district and completed his Barrister-at-Law from Inner Temple, London

He was appointed as judge of the Peshawar High Court in June, 1994 and then became the chief justice of high court in May 2004.

In 2005 he was elevated as Supreme Court judge and was promoted as chief justice of Pakistan in 2014.

Mulk was among those judges who resisted former military dictator Gen. Retired Pervez Musharraf, and signed a restraining order in November 2007 when Musharraf imposed emergency rule and forcibly sent the judges home.

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