Pakistan Appoints Caretaker Cabinet
Pakistan swore in a caretaker cabinet under interim Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, tasking it with running the country until fresh elections, which may be delayed beyond November as constituency boundaries are redrawn.
The election commission said that new constituencies based on the latest census would be finalized by Dec. 14. After that, the commision will confirm an election date.
Meanwhile, electoral experts have suggested that the process could see the nationwide vote pushed back several months, possibly until February. Under the constitution, elections should be held within 90 days of the dissolution of parliament’s lower house, which in this case would mean early November.
In the interim cabinet, former central bank chief Shamshad Akhtar was appointed as finance minister, and Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, Jalil Jilani, was named foreign minister, the new information Minister Murtaza Solangi said.
Kakar, a little-known politician who is believed to be close to the military, was sworn in himself after President Arif Alvi dissolved parliament last week on the advice of outgoing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.