Pakistan: Caretaker government to take charge by end of May 2018


from the National Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace

30/5/18 - His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Arshad has welcomed the democratic transfer of power in Pakistan on 28th May 2018. Former Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk has been appointed as Pakistan's seventh caretaker Prime Minister. Justice Nasi-ul-Mulk previously performed his duties as the 22nd Chief Justice of Pakistan. The announcement was made by Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah at a press conference in Islamabad following a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Justice Mulk also served as the acting Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan from 30 November 2013 to 6 July 2014.

Justice Mulk is described by his fellow judges as "a very proactive judge and is very strict about the implementation of law in its letter and spirit." He is also known for his strictness towards implementation of law and his judgment reflecting a contextualised approach on Human Rights and discrimination issues.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace congratulates Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk for his appointment as interim Prime Minister. In a joint statement His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson NCJP, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani), National Director, and Mr. Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director NCJP stated, "His appointment would prove to play a democratic role in the upcoming general elections." They further stated, “We are happy that the government was able to complete its five-year term and moving forward towards another democratic transition." Justice Mulk is one of the seven judges who signed an application on Nov. 3, 2007, restraining the government to impose martial law in Pakistan.

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani) stated that the former Chief Justice is well aware of issues pertaining to elections and "I hope that he implements the recommendations he gave as acting chief election commissioner to ensure the upcoming general elections are transparent."

His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, President of Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference and Chairperson of National Commission of Justice and Peace has welcomed this democratic move and congratulates Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk. He stated that he is hopeful and prays that God will give Justice Mulk the passion and courage to successfully conduct free, fair and impartial elections in Pakistan in July 2018. "Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk is an man of great honor, dignity and grace," he stated. The caretaker Prime Minister would hold his position until the assembly elections are held on July 25 and results are announced.


Justice Nasi-ul-Mulk, Pakistan, National Commission for Justice and Peace, Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, Bishop Joseph Arshad, Cecil Chaudhry