Islamabad – Finally political parties in Pakistan decided on Monday for one name to be the next caretaker prime minister of Pakistan until the new prime minister takes charge after July 25, 2018 elections.
Former chief justice of Pakistan Supreme Court Nasirul Mulk was named as the caretaker prime minister on May 28.
The announcement was made by Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah at a press conference in Islamabad following a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Shah was accompanied by Abbasi and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq at the press conference.
Abbasi started the press conference describing the agreed-upon candidate for caretaker PM as someone “who no one can object to”.
“All the names under consideration were credible,” PM Abbasi said. “Every name was discussed, and this name was decided upon. His role as a caretaker PM will be in favour of the country and the democratic process.”
Abbasi thanked the NA speaker for facilitating the process “in a constitutional manner” and for playing a role in both parties reaching a consensus.
“We have chosen his name on the basis of merit. We took our parties into confidence and decided upon this name. We are happy that the government was able to complete its five-year term,” Shah said.
“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. I am hopeful that God will give him the passion and courage to successfully conduct free, fair and impartial elections in Pakistan on July 25, 2018.”
It was earlier reported that the government had suggested the names of Mulk, retired Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani — also a former chief justice — and former State Bank governor Dr Shamshad Akhtar, while the PPP had said, in the event that the matter went to a parliamentary committee, that it would propose the names of former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf and former ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbass Jilani.
The job of the caretaker PM is to keep the country running between the dissolution of parliament and the new government being sworn in.
The today’s announcement comes after weeks of deadlock between the PML-N and the opposition over the name of the caretaker PM.