Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan

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Caretaker Prime Minister of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
نگران وزیر اعظم پاکستان
Standard of the Prime Minister of Pakistan
Anwaar ul Haq Kakar
since 14 August 2023
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; 33 years ago (1990-08-06)
First holderGhulam Mustafa Jatoi
Final holderAnwaar ul Haq Kakar

The Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (Urdu: نگران وزیر اعظم پاکستان) is the acting head of the Caretaker 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 is Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, who took office on 14 August 2023, after the National Assembly was dissolved.

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.[2]

List of caretaker prime ministers of Pakistan[edit]

List of prime ministers of Pakistan
No. Portrait Name
Took office Left office Tenure Political party
1st Caretaker Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi

ٖغلام مصطفی جتوئی


6 August 1990 6 November 1990 3 Months National Peoples Party Jatoi was appointed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan as a caretaker Prime Minister.[4]
2nd Caretaker Balakh Sher Mazari

بلخ شیر مزاری


18 April 1993 26 May 1993 1 Month,
8 Days
Pakistan People's Party Appointed by President Khan as a caretaker Prime Minister, Mazari's term ended when the Supreme Court overturned the Presidential order and restored Nawaz Sharif's government.[4]
3rd Caretaker Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi

معین الدین احمد قریشی


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

ملک معراج خالد


5 November 1996 17 February 1997 3 Months,
12 Days
Independent Khalid was appointed as a caretaker Prime Minister after the dismissal of Benazir Bhutto's government in November 1996.[4]
5th Caretaker A head and shoulder shot of a bearded man wearing spectacles Muhammad Mian Soomro

محمد میاں سومرو


15 November 2007 25 March 2008 4 Months,
8 Days
Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Soomro took the office as caretaker Prime Minister in November 2007.[6]
6th Caretaker A head and shoulder shot of a mustachioed man wearing tinted spectacles Mir Hazar Khan Khoso

میر ہزار خان کھوسو


24 March 2013 5 June 2013 2 Months,
11 Days
Independent Khoso was appointed by the Election Commission of Pakistan on 24 March,[8] and took the oath of office on 25 March 2013.[9]
7th Caretaker[10] Nasirul Mulk

جسٹس(ر) ناصر الملک

31 May 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.[11]
8th Caretaker Anwaar ul Haq Kakar

انوار الحق کاکڑ

14 August 2023 Incumbent Balochistan Awami Party Anwaar ul Haq Kakar was appointed after opposition leader Raja Riaz Ahmad Khan and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif agreed on his name, and President Arif Alvi signed on the summary.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Chapter 2: "Electoral Laws and Conduct of Elections" of Part VIII: "Elections"".
  2. ^ "ECP to take decision on caretaker set-up if govt-opposition fails to reach consensus: PM - Pakistan - Dunya News". Dunya News.
  3. ^ "Ex-PM Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi passes away". Daily Times. 21 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e "20 prime ministers since independence". Daily Times. 2004-06-27. Archived from the original on 2013-10-02.
  5. ^ F. Burns, John (15 November 1996). "Caretaker Premier leads Pakistan into 90 days of no frills". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Soomro takes oath as Pakistan's caretaker PM". Xinhua News Agency. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  7. ^ "ECP selects Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker PM". Dawn. Herald. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso named interim PM of Pakistan". The Express Tribune. AFP/Web Desk. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Pakistan's caretaker PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso sworn in". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Mulk picked out to serve as caretaker PM". The Express Tribune. 28 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Former CJP Nasirul Mulk to be caretaker PM". Dawn. 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  12. ^ Khan, Sanaullah; Guramani, Nadir (2023-08-12). "BAP's Anwaarul Haq Kakar named caretaker prime minister". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2023-08-13.

External links[edit]

  • Profile on the website of the government of Pakistan