ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk was appointed caretaker prime minister on Monday.
The announcement followed several unsuccessful meetings between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and opposition leader Khurshid Shah over the last six weeks.
“Today is a day of great importance in the democratic rung of the country,” said Abbasi, adding that Mulk’s “history is impeccable” and his “contribution has been outstanding.”
In 1994, Mulk became a judge at the Peshawar High Court for 10 years. He was appointed the court’s chief justice in 2004. Having presided over numerous high-profile cases, he was transferred to the Supreme Court.
Mulk served as acting chief election commissioner in 2013, and in July 2014 he was sworn in as Pakistan’s chief justice before President Mamnoon Hussain.
The current government’s term expires on May 31, after which the interim setup will be put in place.