The government and the opposition, in a joint press conference held on Monday, announced the name of former chief justice Nasirul Mulk as the caretaker prime minister.
Leaders of major political parties, technocrats, journalists and political analysts, among a host of others, have come out and posted messages in support of the retired judge.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan was one of the first to tweet out congratulations to the caretaker prime minister.
Want to congratulate Justice (r) Nasir ul Mulk on being appointed Caretaker PM.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 28, 2018
The official Twitter account of PTI also followed suit and sent the former chief justice best wishes for the job.
Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leader Hina Butt said she hoped the nominated judge would ensure free and fair elections.
Congratulations Justice (r) Nasir ul Mulk over your selection as #CaretakerPM, hope you will ensure a free and fair election and no party would raise question on your neutrality pic.twitter.com/n42e61VrvH— Hina Parvez Butt (@hinaparvezbutt) May 28, 2018
Secretary-General of the Pak Sarzameen Party Raza Haroon posted a congratulatory message for Mulk on Twitter but also took a swipe at the government for failing to provide even the basic needs of the people.
#Congratulations to Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk being the Caretaker Prime Minister of #Pakistan. Good decision; good for #democracy. Although governments have failed to fulfil their constitutional democratic duty towards providing basic needs of citizens.— Raza Haroon رضا ہارون (@mrazaharoon) May 28, 2018
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Deputy Secretary-General Imran Ismail stated that the appointment of Mulk was good for the country.
Justice Rtd. Nasir ul Mulk is a good name for caretaker PM. Congratulations— Imran Ismail (@ImranIsmailPTI) May 28, 2018
Journalists all over Pakistan also weighed in on the announcement.
Another success of democracy in Pakistan.Congratulations to PM Abbasi and opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah for making consensus on former CJP Justice Rtd Nasir ul Mulk as caretaker PM now all fears of delay in elections removed— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) May 28, 2018
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