Anwaarul Haq Kakar took oath as caretaker PM, now cabinet will be elected


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Asim Munir, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Navy Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, Inter-Services Intelligence Chief Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended.

Anwarul Haq Kakkar was sworn in as the eighth interim Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday. Kakkar, dressed in a brown suit, was administered the oath by President Arif Alvi at a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, which took place on the occasion of Independence Day. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Asim Munir, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Navy Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, Inter-Services Intelligence Chief Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended.

Other prominent people who attended the event included former National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Sindh Governor Kamran Tesori, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali, PTI Senator Shahzad Waseem and PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi. After taking the oath, Kakkar also met and shook hands with officers of the armed forces. Later, he was also given a guard of honor at the Prime Minister’s residence.

His first task as interim prime minister will now be to choose a cabinet to run the country as it heads into elections. On Saturday, Kakkar was announced as the interim prime minister, following days of speculation about meetings between Shehbaz and former opposition leader Raja Riaz and a possible replacement for the post. In a statement issued yesterday, Shehbaz expressed confidence that Kakkar would ensure a fair election.

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