By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan’s ruling party and opposition have picked former Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk as the interim prime minister to oversee the 2018 general elections being held on July 25.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition leader, Syed Khurshid Ali Shah had five rounds of negotiations over the last six weeks to come to consensus on the name .
“ We have agreed that Justice (rtd) Nasir ul Mulk will be interim Prime Minister,” Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Ali Shah made the announcement at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital Islamabad.
Nasirul Mulk was the Chief Justice of Pakistan from July 6 2014 to August 16 2015. Born in Swat in North-western Pakistan on 17 August 1950, he studied law at Peshawar University and Inner Temple (England).
He also served as the acting Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, from 30 November 2013 to 6 July 2014.
Prior to be elevated as Senior Justice in 2005, Mulk tenured as the chief justice of Peshawar High Court in 2004.
Justice (rtd) Nasirul Mulk belongs to a wealthy and politically influential Paracha family in Swat. His father Seth Kamran was a politician who served as Senator in 1970s. His younger brother, Shuja-ul-Mulk, also served as Senator. His uncle, Chacha Karim Bux was a prominent social worker, while his another sibling Rafil-ul-Mulk was a past mayor of Swat.
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