ISLAMABAD: Senator Anwarul Haq Kakar of Balochistan Awami Party has been picked as Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister, outgoing opposition leader in the National Assembly Raja Riaz said on Saturday.
He made the announcement in a media talk outside the Prime Minister’s House after the final round of consultations were held between the opposition leader and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
“We had earlier said that the caretaker PM should be someone from a smaller province. We reached a consensus that Anwarul Haq Kakar will be the caretaker PM,” Riaz said.
“I had given this name and the PM has consented to this name … I and the PM have signed on the summary,” he told reporters. He said Kakar would take oath as the head of the interim set-up tomorrow (Sunday).
When asked about the caretaker cabinet, he said no discussion was held today on it as the prerogative rests with the caretaker Prime Minister to finalize the names of the caretaker cabinet.
According to the Prime Minister office, the Prime Minister and the opposition leader jointly signed the advice and sent it to President Arif Alvi who later assented to it.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked the opposition leader for his cooperation in the consultation process for the nomination of the caretaker Prime Minister.