Civilian government completes term, hands power over to caretaker


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's civilian government completed its five-year term Friday (June 1) for only the second time in the country's history, with a caretaker administration to take over ahead of polls set for late July.

"Completion of this tenure is a success story for democracy in Pakistan," the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) said in a statement on Facebook shortly before the lower house and cabinet were dissolved at midnight.

Hours later, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk was sworn in as caretaker prime minister in Islamabad, Dawn reported.

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