ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar affirmed on Wednesday that there are no indications of a potential delay in the upcoming general elections. He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the elections would be announced and conducted as scheduled.
In an interview with a private television channel, the prime minister expressed his confidence in the election timeline, stating, “I don’t foresee any possibility of a delay. I have no doubts whatsoever. I firmly believe that the elections will proceed as planned.”
Kakar emphasized the government’s dedication to upholding the principles of free and fair elections, stressing that all registered political parties have the legal and constitutional right to engage in campaigns, mobilize supporters, and garner public backing.
However, he made it clear that the government would not be held accountable if individuals were legally excluded from the political process.
Responding to a question, he underscored the importance of effective law enforcement. He mentioned that his government, in cooperation with the military leadership, had actively enforced existing laws to combat illegal currency trading and hoarding. He also called for strengthening the capacity of civilian institutions to ensure law enforcement.
The prime minister noted that establishing a democratic system within political parties is crucial for the overall democracy in the country.
In response to another question, Kakar revealed that, as a political figure, he had interacted with various political leaders before assuming office but had never considered joining any party. He mentioned that, as a citizen, he had the right to join a political party or form one of his own.
Regarding allegations of bias towards the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the prime minister dismissed such claims, explaining that political parties often create such perceptions in the lead-up to elections to attract public support.
Kakar also commended the leadership qualities of Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir and expressed confidence in Pakistan’s future under capable and dedicated leadership.
When asked about the perceived victimization of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister noted that questions often arise about judicial interventions, as different parties hold varying perspectives on the matter.
Shifting the conversation to the issue of the cipher, Kakar emphasized that it is the property of the state and should not be used for purposes other than those prescribed, although the legality of its usage is yet to be determined by the courts.
The prime minister mentioned that in the 2013 and 2018 elections, he had voted for PTI with the hope of addressing the country’s challenges related to infrastructure, the economy, foreign policy, and promoting Pakistan’s image, rather than for any intent to undermine the General Headquarters.
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