Caretaker PM pledges transparent elections

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KARACHI: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar reaffirmed the interim government’s commitment to ensuring the upcoming general elections are conducted transparently and impartially, garnering acceptance from all stakeholders.

Following a visit to Mazar-e-Quaid to pay homage and offer Fateha, the prime minister emphasized that the caretaker government’s primary focus is to facilitate the electoral process within a limited timeframe.

Kakar stated that the interim government’s role is to ensure transparent and fair elections, allowing Pakistan to navigate through its constitutional transitional phase.

He and a few cabinet members visited Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum to honor his legacy and reiterate their dedication to the country’s progress and prosperity, grounded in the social contract that birthed the nation.

Recalling Quaid-e-Azam’s address to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, which emphasized minority rights and equality among individuals, Prime Minister Kakar expressed optimism about the nation’s future. He believed that the people’s talents would propel the country’s growth across various domains.

At the federal government meeting in Islamabad, the caretaker prime minister reiterated their core mandate: to facilitate and oversee the electoral process in accordance with the constitution. Kakar stressed that their role involves monitoring day-to-day activities to the best of their abilities, avoiding the re-designing of the government model.

Kakar highlighted that the caretaker setup’s continuity aligns with the general policy of the previous government, with any deviations from established rules addressed promptly. He underscored that while the National Assembly has retired, the caretaker government is awaiting new elections. He also noted that the Upper House, the second arm of parliament, requires the presence of the Lower House to enact legislation effectively.

Through their commitment to transparent elections and adherence to constitutional principles, the caretaker government seeks to ensure a smooth and inclusive electoral process that respects Pakistan’s democratic values.

He maintained that as a continuation of the previous government, the caretaker setup was generally supposed to carry on with the general policy until and unless there were any violations of rules or business.

“The National Assembly has retired and we are waiting for the new elections,” he said, adding the second arm of parliament- the Upper House – was still there but it could not do legislation alone till there was the Lower House.

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