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No One Has Ever Completed a Term as Pakistan’s PM

A checkered democratic history, from 1947 to the present day.

By , a freelance writer focused on migration, technology, and security issues.
Former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Shaukat Aziz. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/Aamir Queshi/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Shaukat Aziz. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/Aamir Queshi/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)

Since Pakistan’s founding in 1947, 18 men and women have been appointed or elected as prime minister. Not one of them has served the entirety of their term. Below is a list of people who have served as prime minister of Pakistan, the time they spent in office, and the reasons for their downfalls.*

Since Pakistan’s founding in 1947, 18 men and women have been appointed or elected as prime minister. Not one of them has served the entirety of their term. Below is a list of people who have served as prime minister of Pakistan, the time they spent in office, and the reasons for their downfalls.*

Humza Jilani is a freelance writer focused on migration, technology, and security issues. A Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, he researches emerging technologies and conflict in the Middle East. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy and the Guardian. Twitter: @humza_jilani

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