Kakar takes oath as interim prime minister

President Arif Alvi administers oath to the prime minister at Awan-i-Sadr in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: Anwaarul Haq Kakar was sworn in as the eight interim prime minister of Pakistan on Monday.

Kakar, clad in a grey suit, was administered oath by President Arif Alvi in a ceremony held at the Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad — which coincided with Independence Day. 

The oath-taking ceremony was attended by former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Asim Munir, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza and others.

Kakar’s first task will be to choose a cabinet to run the country as it heads into an election period that could last for months.

The National Assembly was dissolved last week, with elections due within 90 days according to the constitution.

There has been speculation for months that the vote would be delayed.

The election commission needed time to redraw constituency boundaries after the latest census published earlier this month to hold elections according to the new population count.

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