Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim PM

Former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk. (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2018

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim PM

  • Announcement followed several unsuccessful meetings between prime minister, opposition leader
  • “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”

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.

FASTFACTS

In 1994, Mulk became a judge at the Peshawar High Court for 10 years. He was appointed the court’s chief justice in 2004. 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.


South African Airways recalls some aircraft for compliance checks

Updated 7 min 35 sec ago

South African Airways recalls some aircraft for compliance checks

  • South African Airways (SAA) said in a statement that some of the flights will operate later than usual and four flights have been canceled

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s cash-strapped national airline SAA said on Tuesday it may operate an amended flight schedule following a decision to recall some of its planes to undertake compliance checks in line with regulatory requirements.

South African Airways (SAA) said in a statement that some of the flights will operate later than usual and four flights have been canceled, but the airline has combined flights and deployed bigger aircraft to accommodate affected passengers, it said.

“The decision to recall the aircraft follows an oversight inspection conducted by SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary, South African Airways Technical (SAAT),” the airline said.