February, 22, 2024
Caretaker PM Kakar: Fair Elections and Economic Focus

Caretaker PM Kakar: Fair Elections and Economic Focus

Infostani International: In a recent interview, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar reaffirmed the government’s commitment to conducting free and fair general elections. He addressed concerns about election rigging, emphasized the need for economic stability, and shared insights on foreign policy and social media challenges. This overview provides a concise glimpse into the prime minister’s key perspectives on these crucial issues.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar Addresses Election Preparedness, Economic Focus, and Foreign Policy in Exclusive Interview

On Monday, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar asserted that there was no solid reason justifying a delay in the general elections. He assured that the government was dedicated to conducting the polls as freely and fairly as possible. In an interview with a television channel, the prime minister stated that candidates were actively canvassing, and he anticipated that all rumors would be dispelled by the evening of February 8—the scheduled date for the general elections.

Addressing the perennial complaints of rigging before or after elections, Kakar emphasized the need for the parliament to rectify flaws in laws, administration, and the Election Commission, drawing lessons from past experiences. He highlighted that observers, both local and international, would monitor the process, and the media would report on the activity, ensuring that the elections would, by and large, meet regional standards of fairness.

Prime Minister Highlights Election Rigging Concerns and Calls for Economic Agenda

The prime minister acknowledged the involvement of political parties in rigging through the creation of fake ID cards and casting votes in the names of deceased individuals. He urged citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, emphasizing that the voting period would be from 9 am to 5 pm on February 8.

Shifting the focus to the national economy, Kakar noted the absence of a comprehensive agenda from any political party to boost the country’s economic health. He stressed the importance of revenue generation and expanding the tax net, citing the low tax-to-GDP ratio of 9% in Pakistan compared to the 91% ratio in Scandinavian countries. The prime minister argued that enhanced taxation would not only contribute to economic stability but also hold the government accountable to the masses.

Caretaker PM Kakar: Fair Elections and Economic Focus
PM Kakar’s Global Engagements: UN, BRI, and COP28

Foreign Engagements, Repatriation Policy, and Social Media Challenges: Insights from Prime Minister Kakar

Responding to questions about foreign visits, Kakar highlighted his attendance at the UN General Assembly session and interactions in Europe, including a stopover for refueling. He mentioned participation in the BRI Forum in China, the ECO Summit, and the COP28 session, where he engaged with world leaders and signed bilateral agreements. He explained that the caretaker government played a crucial role in managing day-to-day affairs, including foreign policy matters.

  • Selective Repatriation Criteria: Prime Minister Kakar clarifies that Pakistan has expelled illegal foreign nationals based on the absence of proper identity and records. 
  • Open Door for Compliant Returnees: Kakar assures that individuals meeting essential requirements, including valid passports and visas, will be allowed to return to Pakistan.

Discussing social media, the prime minister acknowledged it as a challenge, with individuals of varying educational and mental capabilities advocating for its regulation. He dismissed criticisms of the caretaker government’s actions as beyond its mandate, asserting that all decisions were legitimate, vetted by the Law Division, and approved by the cabinet.