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Ex-CJP Nasirul Mulk to take oath as caretaker PM tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: With the 14th National Assembly completing its full, five-year term tonight, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk, will take oath as caretaker prime minister of Pakistan tomorrow. 

On May 28, the government and opposition after threadbare consultations named the former top adjudicator as caretaker premier to oversee general elections scheduled to take place on July 25.

Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk will take oath at a ceremony in Aiwan-e-Sadr at 11:00 pm tomorrow.

All arrangements for the event have been finalised. The country’s military leadership, civilian principals as well as diplomats have been invited in connection with the oath-taking ceremony.

The PML-N completes its five years term in office tonight. Unlike in 2013, the government and opposition this time picked up a consensus candidate for the office of caretaker prime minister.

Justice (retd) Mulk’s nomination for the position was hailed almost by all major political parties.

The former chief justice served as the top judge of Pakistan from July 2014 to August 2015 and his term was credited having a policy of ‘judicial restraint.’ In his tenure, he announced couple of important verdicts that will be remembered for long.

Born on August 17, 1950, in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Justice Nasirul Mulk is a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple, London.

He was elected as secretary general, Peshawar High Court Bar Association in 1981.

Before his appointment as judge of the Peshawar High Court on June 4, 1994, he served as advocate general of NWFP (now KP) for one year. He was elevated as chief justice of Peshawar High Court on May 31, 2004 and as a Supreme Court judge on April 4, 2005.

He is remembered for the way he conducted the contempt case against then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He convicted the then chief executive for 30 seconds while maintaining the dignity and honour of the court, and left the disqualification issue open to the Election Commission of Pakistan and the then speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza.

Justice Mulk was one of the seven judges who signed a restraining order on Nov 3, 2007, when retired Gen Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency and forcibly sent the judges home.

He also sworn in as the acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Pakistan in November 2013.



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