|Caretaker Prime Minister of the|
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
نگران وزیر اعظم پاکستان
Mr. Prime Minister
Honourable Prime Minister
|Appointer||de 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 length||Up to 3 months|
|Formation||6 August 1990|
|First holder||Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi|
|Final holder||Anwaar 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. 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
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. 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.
List of caretaker prime ministers of Pakistan
|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.|
|2nd Caretaker||Balakh Sher Mazari
بلخ شیر مزاری
|18 April 1993||26 May 1993||1 Month,
|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.|
|3rd Caretaker||Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi
معین الدین احمد قریشی
|18 July 1993||19 October 1993||3 Months,
|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,
|Independent||Khalid was appointed as a caretaker Prime Minister after the dismissal of Benazir Bhutto's government in November 1996.|
|5th Caretaker||Muhammad Mian Soomro
محمد میاں سومرو
|15 November 2007||25 March 2008||4 Months,
|Pakistan Muslim League (Q)||Soomro took the office as caretaker Prime Minister in November 2007.|
|6th Caretaker||Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
میر ہزار خان کھوسو
|24 March 2013||5 June 2013||2 Months,
|Independent||Khoso was appointed by the Election Commission of Pakistan on 24 March, and took the oath of office on 25 March 2013.|
|7th Caretaker||Nasirul Mulk
جسٹس(ر) ناصر الملک
|31 May 2018||18 August 2018||2 Months,
|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.|
|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.|
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