Guard of honour presented to outgoing, caretaker PM
A contingent of the country’s armed forces presented a guard of honour to former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who left the PM House on Monday,
Later, a guard of honour was presented to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar who took oath of his office at a ceremony held at the President House today.
President Dr. Arif Alvi administered the oath to the caretaker prime minister.
Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Asim Munir, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza attended the ceremony.
Prominent among others who attended the ceremony were former National Assembly speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali, PTI Senator Shahzad Waseem and PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi.
After taking the oath, Kakar also met with the officials of the armed forces and shook hands with them.
His first task now as the interim premier will be to choose a cabinet to run the country as it heads into an election period.
Earlier, in view of his new assignment, Kakar resigned from his Senate seat. Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani accepted the resignation and declared the seat vacant.
Kakar had been nominated for the seat of caretaker prime minister in a meeting between former prime minister and former opposition leader in the National Assembly Raja Riaz.
Later, their nomination was ratified by President Alvi who signed the summary.