Interim Prime Minister Justice(retd) Nasirul Mulk: A ‘democrat’ judge

Retired Justice Nasirul Mulk took oath as the seventh caretaker prime minister at a ceremony held at President House in Islamabad, hours after the National Assembly was formally dissolved in the lead up to the elections.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Mulk, who was unanimously nominated for the post by both the government and opposition, with former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi describing the retired judge as a someone whom “no one could object to”.

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk remarked that the upcoming general elections will be held on July 25. “I will serve the post for two months only. All the measures will be taken as per the country’s Constitution”. Retired Justice Nasirul Mulk was born on August 17, 1950, in Mingora, Swat. He completed his degree of Bar-at-Law from Inner Temple London and was called to the Bar in 1977. His father, Kamran Khan, was a businessman known for his philanthropic work in Swat. Mulk is fond of playing golf and is often seen taking a walk in the Margalla hills.

The now-retired Mulk practiced as an Advocate in all fields of Law for more than 17 years until his elevation as a judge of the Peshawar High Court(PHC). He remained PHC chief justice for some time before his elevation as a judge of the Supreme Court. When he took oath as the 22nd chief justice of Pakistan in 2014, members of the legal fraternity said the appointment would bring honor, dignity and quiet grace.

Why quiet grace? Because, they said, Justice Mulk seldom interjected court proceedings with questions to the council unless necessary. A judge who never lost his temper, he extended equal opportunity to the lawyers but was firm about not allowing the contesting sides to get sidetracked by entering the political arena.

“He is a good administrator and a disciplined judge who knows how to manage courts. He has also delivered lectures in Khyber Law College, Peshawar and Peshawar University besides delivering lectures as a guest speaker at the N.W.F.P(now KP). Provincial Services Academy, Peshawar. Justice Mulk is one of the seven judges who signed a restraining order on Nov 3, 2007, when retired Gen Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency and forcibly sent the judges home. Justice Mulk later joined the judiciary on Sept 20, 2008, under the Naek formula when he took a fresh oath as a judge of the Supreme Court with his seniority intact. While hearing missing persons’ cases, Justice Mulk has always stood firm as a result of which a number of disappeared persons have surfaced.

He is remembered for the way he conducted the contempt case against then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He convicted the then chief executive for 30 seconds while maintaining the dignity and honor of the court and left the disqualification issue open to the Election Commission of Pakistan and the then speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza.

Justice Mulk resigned from the post of the acting Chief Election Commissioner the day he was designated as the next chief justice. He has also held the office of the chairman of the enrolment committee of the Pakistan Bar Council as well as the chairman of the building committee of the under-construction Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) complex being built at a staggering cost of Rs650 million.

Moreover, Pakistan will hold General Elections on 25 July. The outgoing government of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is only the second to complete a five-year term in office, which underscores a democratic transition in the nuclear-armed nation

Biographic brief

Born                      17 August 1950 (age 67)

Swat District, KPK, Pakistan

Nationality          Pakistan

Parents                                Kamran Khan (father)

Education            Peshawar (BA, LLB)

Inner Temple, England

(Barrister-at-Law)

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The writer is Associate Editor of Mélange Intl. Magazine & The Asian Telegraph & degree holder in Communication & Media Studies.