Nasirul Mulk takes oath as caretaker PM

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Former chief justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk on Friday took oath as caretaker prime minister at the President House.

He was administered oath of office by President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony held at the president house. Former PM Abbasi, the chiefs of staff, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, top government officials and dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, PM Nasirul Mulk received a guard of honour and formally started his responsibilities.

The caretaker premier, while speaking to journalists after taking oath, said the cabinet members will be announced after consultation. He added the cabinet would be concise as a few members would be appointed.

When asked about elections, PM Mulk said they will make sure elections are held on time and in a transparent manner, and will act within their mandate and the responsibility they have been given.

He further said they would support the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct free and fair elections as scheduled.

Nasirul Mulk is the seventh caretaker prime minister of the country. He was unanimously nominated as caretaker prime minister by the government and opposition.

The oath-taking ceremony was held after the National Assembly managed to complete its five-year constitutional term.

On May 28, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah announced that Justice (r) Mulk will take reigns as caretaker premier while addressing a press conference along with the PM and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

Born on August 17, 1950, in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasirul Mulk has served as the 22nd CJP after Tassaduq Hussain Jillani retired from the post.

He was a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple, London. He was elected as secretary general, Peshawar High Court Bar Association in 1981.

In 1993, he was appointed as the advocate general of KP, formerly known as North-West Frontier Province. A year later, in 1994, he was appointed as the judge of Peshawar High Court.

He was elevated as chief justice of Peshawar High Court on May 31, 2004, and as a Supreme Court judge on April 4, 2005.

Nasirul Mulk took oath as Chief Justice of Pakistan on July 6, 2014, and served in the capacity for about a year.

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