EX CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN JUSTICE NASIR UL MULK NAMED AS CARE TAKER PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN

Alveena Aziz

EX CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN JUSTICE NASIR UL MULK NAMED AS CARE TAKER PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN 

A huge debate over the name of caretaker PM has ended today when the ruling and opposition parties have broken the ice on this matter. EX CJP Nasir ul Mulk is appointed as the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan. The much-anticipated announcement is made in the recent joint press conference of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition representative Khursheed Shah. Both have separately given their statements regarding this declaration.  Numerous names remained under discussion. Although the current name was select after the agreement of both parties. The verdict is entirely based on merit, demonstrated by Shah. PM Abbasi has added that there were many challenges regarding this issue but we have tackled all and will cope more in future altogether. Federal Minister Maryum Aurangzeb and Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq were also accompanied by the PM. The tenure of the current government is going to complete on May 31, 2018.

A few weeks ago many names were floating on media regarding this position of Caretaker PM. The names of Ex-chief justice Tassaduq H. Jillani and Ex-governor SBP Shamshad Akhtar were suggested by PMLN. While PTI has proposed former SBP governor Dr Ishrat Hussain and former minister Abdul Razzaq Daud including T.H. Jillani for this position. The names given by PPP were Ex-Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani and former Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf. However, another report has included Ex-Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Khan, Ex CJPs Jawad Khawaja and Anwar Jamali in the nominees by the government. However, the potential candidate list was extended up to Pakistan former envoy to US Abdullah Haroon and Current Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. This situation justifies the six meetings of PM Khaqan Abbasi with Khursheed Shah to agree on a single name.

Nasir ul Mulk has served Pakistan as 22nd Chief Justice of Supreme Court from July 2014 to Aug 2015. He has also remained at the position of Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan from Nov 2013 to July 2014. Back in 2004, he has performed the duties of CJ of Peshawar High Court. During the regime of Musharraf, Mulk had declined to take an oath under PCO. As a consequence he had, then, terminated from his position. Nasir ul Mulk has given many remarkable verdicts during his tenure as CJP to strengthen the democracy. He has played a notable role during the sit-in protest on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad by PTI and PAT in 2014. His reputation has further improved when he has passed the judgment on Aug 15, 2014. Mulk was the head of the bench who has rejected the appeal to disqualify Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. After the constant rigging claims in General Elections 2013 by many political parties, Mulk has given the task to probe into the matter. He has headed the judicial commission and has declined all rigging allegations. The character of Nasir ul Mulk has been appreciated by his many colleagues. While today’s press conference has also valued his contribution towards law and justice.

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