An official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday confirmed that Senator Anwaarul Haq Kakar, who represents Balochistan in the Senate, has been named as the interim Prime Minister. This decision came about following a series of discussions between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz. The recommendation has been submitted for formal approval to President Arif Alvi.
After the meeting, Raja Riaz addressed the media, emphasizing the consensus to choose an interim prime minister from a smaller province. He announced that “Anwaarul Haq Kakar will be taking on the role of interim Prime Minister.” Riaz highlighted the full support of both the Prime Minister and himself for this nomination. The formal inauguration of Kakar is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday).
This development occurred after President Dr. Arif Alvi sent a letter to PM Shehbaz, urging them to propose a suitable candidate for the interim prime minister position by the designated date of August 12, by Article 224A of the Constitution.
If an agreement cannot be reached within the stipulated three-day period, the matter is referred to the parliamentary committee responsible for selecting an interim Prime Minister. The committee is given a three-day window to finalize the selection. Should a consensus not be reached, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will step in and select the interim prime minister within two days, considering suggestions from both the opposition and the government.
During a conversation with journalists in Islamabad on Friday, the Prime Minister highlighted his intention to consult coalition partners before arriving at a final decision on this significant matter.