APP26-28 ISLAMABAD: May 28 – Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq along with Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah addressing the press conference at Parliament House. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 28 (APP):The government and the opposition Monday finally agreed on having former Chief Justice
Nasir ul Mulk as the next caretaker Prime Minister of the country, as the term of the ruling
PML-N ends on May 31.
The decision came after a series of meetings between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah and was announced jointly here
at the Parliament House, in the presence of Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq.
“We have agreed that former Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasir ul Mulk will be the
Caretaker Prime Minister,” the Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah said.
He said Nasir ul Mulk was chosen from a list of six and was finalised from a short list
of four candidates.
The outgoing prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the name was selected after
careful consideration and studying in detail his credentials and the past.
Prime Minister Abbasi to a question refuted that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had opposed
having any retired judge as the caretaker prime minister. He said there was no such direction
from Nawaz Sharif.
Khurshid Shah expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and the Speaker National
Assembly for their role, and said it was satisfying to note that the country had completed
another five-year democratic period and hoped that democracy would further strengthen
in the days ahead.
He said he was optimist that the caretaker prime minister would be acceptable to all
other parties and the nation as a whole.
He expressed the hope that the caretaker prime minister would be able to come up
to the expectations of the nation by holding free, fair and transparent elections.
He said a lot of names were considered and said they all were highly credible people
and equally good, however the final decision was taken with consensus.
He said there were no negative points related to any of the suggested candidates,
however the final decision had to be taken keeping in view every party’s choice.
Khurshid Shah was specially appreciative of his party leadership for remaining
steadfast and supportive throughout the process. He also hoped that all political
leadership would rise above their partisan differences and serve the nation with
commitment and zeal.