Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan

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Caretaker Prime Minister of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
نگران وزیر اعظم پاکستان
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Office vacant
since 18 August 2018
StyleHis Excellency
Mr. Prime Minister
Honourable Prime Minister
Member of
Appointerde jure: President of Pakistan
de facto: Consensus between Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition;
If consensus is not reached, then the ECP shall appoint one
Term lengthUp to 3 months
Formation6 August 1990; 28 years ago (1990-08-06)
First holderGhulam Mustafa Jatoi
Final holderNasirul Mulk

The Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (Urdu: نگران وزیر اعظم پاکستان‎) is the head of government in Pakistan following the dissolution of the National Assembly. The purpose of this post is to ensure free and fair elections are held.[1] The most recent Caretaker PM was former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, who took office on 1 June 2018, after the National Assembly dissolved,[2] then resigned the office when Imran Khan was sworn in on 18 August 2018.[3]

Federal Law and Constitution[edit]

Following the dissolution of the National Assembly, whether it is dissolved by the completion of its term or by an early dissolution, the President shall appoint a caretaker government. However, this must be done with the consultation of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, who should reach a consensus on whom to choose as Caretaker PM.[1] If this consensus is not reached, the President is free to choose a Caretaker Prime Minister of his choice, although this is usually done in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan.[4]

Caretaker Prime Ministers of Pakistan[edit]

List of Prime Ministers of Pakistan
No. Portrait Name
Took office Left office Tenure Elections Political party
1st Caretaker Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi[5]
6 August 1990 6 November 1990 3 Months National Peoples Party Jatoi was appointed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan as a caretaker Prime Minister.[6]
2nd Caretaker Balakh Sher Mazari[6]
18 April 1993 26 May 1993 1 Month,
8 Days
Pakistan People's Party Appointed by the President Khan as a caretaker Prime Minister, Mazari's term ended when the Supreme Court overturned the Presidential order and restored Sharif's government.[6]
3rd Caretaker Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi[6]
18 July 1993 19 October 1993 3 Months,
1 Day
Independent After Sharif's resignation in July 1993, Qureshi was appointed as the caretaker Prime Minister.
4th Caretaker Malik Meraj Khalid[7]
5 November 1996 17 February 1997 3 Months,
12 Days
Independent Khalid was appointed as a caretaker Prime Minister after the dismissal of Bhutto's government in November 1996.[6]
5th Caretaker A head and shoulder shoot of a beard man wearing spectacles Muhammad Mian Soomro[8]
16 November 2007 24 March 2008 4 Months,
8 Days
Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Soomro took the office as caretaker Prime Minister in November 2007.[8]
6th Caretaker Mir Hazar Khan Khoso[9]
25 March 2013 5 June 2013 2 Months,
11 Days
Independent Khoso was appointed by the Election Commission of Pakistan on 24 March,[10] and took the oath of office on 25 March 2013.[11]
7th Caretaker[12] Nasirul Mulk
1 June 2018 18 August 2018 2 Months,
18 Days
Independent Nasirul Mulk was appointed by a consensus between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and opposition leader Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah on 28 May. He took the oath of office on 1 June 2018.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Chapter 2: "Electoral Laws and Conduct of Elections" of Part VIII: "Elections"".
  2. ^ "Oversight: Caretaker prime ministers over the years - The Express Tribune". 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan prime minister". BBC News. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "ECP to take decision on caretaker set-up if govt-opposition fails to reach consensus: PM - Pakistan - Dunya News".
  5. ^ "Ex-PM Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi passes away". Daily Times. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e Daily Times Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ F. Burns, John (15 November 1996). "Caretaker Premier leads Pakistan into 90 days of no frills". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Soomro takes oath as Pakistan's caretaker PM". Xinhua News Agency. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  9. ^ "ECP selects Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM". Dawn. Herald. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso named interim PM of Pakistan". The Express Tribune. AFP/Web Desk. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Pakistan's caretaker PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso sworn in". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Mulk picked out to serve as caretaker PM". The Express Tribune. 28 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Former CJP Nasirul Mulk to be caretaker PM". Dawn. 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.

External links[edit]

  • Profile on the website of the government of Pakistan