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Mulk takes oath as interim premier!

ISLAMABAD: President House here was the venue where Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk today took oath – administered by the President – as the country’s interim (29th) prime minister.

The oath-taking ceremony was attended by senior officials, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, governors, three services chiefs and ambassadors

Later, he was presented Guard of Honor by the armed forces at the PM House. Following the event, Nasirul Mulk stated that his cabinet would be small and the would make sure that the fair and free elections are held on time. 

It is pertinent to mention here that the at midnight 31st of May, 2018 the incumbent government made history by becoming the second democratically-elected government to have completed its constitutional term.  

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A relevant piece published earlier: Retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk (who had served as the 22nd CJP) will be the caretaker prime minister.

This was announced jointly here today by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after a meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that today’s meeting was the sixth between the leader of the opposition and the prime minister.

Senator Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Barrister Javed Abbasi today expressed optimism that interim-set up under the dynamic leadership of retired chief Justice Nasir ul Malik would ensure the free, fair and transparent election in the country. Congratulating all the political parties including Opposition for developing consensus with the present leadership, on the name of Ex-CJ Nasir ul Malik to run the affairs of interim-set up, he said it was a good gesture in the present circumstances.

He said that decision given in the favor of former Chief Justice who had an unprecedented history in the judicial matters, would help pave the way for transparent elections across the country. To a question, he said that PML-N had a great respect in the parliament. To another question, he said that Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf had ousted the members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for selling their votes in the Senate elections. Replying to a question, he said that the next election was very near and accountability bureau should avoid opening of the cases against the leaders of PML-N.

Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirjaul Haq, welcomed the nomination of Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk as caretaker Prime Minister. Talking to different delegations at Mansoora here today he expressed the hope that the caretaker Premier would ensure holding of a fair, free and transparent election. He was confident that the MMA would be able to pool together the religious vote and secure a big victory in the polls.

Senator Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Lt General (Retd), Abdul Qayyum on Monday said that the interim-set up would facilitate election commission for smooth and fair election. Strengthening the institution of election commission would help pave the way for a transparent election, he said while talking to a news channel. The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), the government had made electoral reforms, he said.

The reforms bill for Federally Administered Tribal Areas had also been done with the efforts of present government, he added. There was a need to have work on judicial reforms for further improving the system, he said. To a question about consensus on the name of interim-prime minister, he said it was imperative to have interim-set up for taking decisions and running the affairs of the state without any problem. He said selecting retired chief justice Nasir ul Malik was the better choice in the present scenario.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi welcomed the nomination of Justice (Retd) Nasirul Mulk as a caretaker prime minister. In a statement issued here, Shah Mehmood Qureshi hoped that Justice (Retd) Nasirul Mulk would bring a good team in the cabinet and facilitate in conducting a transparent election.

About nomination of the caretaker prime minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed, PTI had one agenda that caretaker set-up should be capable of holding a fair, free and transparent election. Qureshi hoped that Justice (Retd) Nasirul Mulk would fulfill constitutional responsibility in an amicable way. Shah Mehmood Qureshi also maintained that PTI wind was blowing across the country. It would be very difficult for other political parties to find out candidates in constituencies, he added.

 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.