Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, a member of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), is the selected caretaker prime minister, as officially announced by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday.
This determination comes after the Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, and the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly, Raja Riaz, engaged in their second round of discussions. President Arif Alvi has granted his approval to this decision under the framework of Article 224 1A.
Following the meeting, Raja Riaz addressed the media and shared, “Our mutual agreement was that the interim prime minister should hail from a relatively smaller province.”
Riaz elaborated on the rationale behind this choice, highlighting the significance of a non-controversial figure representing a smaller province in this interim role. He emphasized that this decision aims to alleviate the sentiments of underrepresentation in these provinces.
Furthermore, Riaz disclosed that it was his suggestion to put forth the name of Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar for this role, a recommendation that subsequently gained approval.
Raja Riaz stated that the caretaker PM is expected to be sworn in on Sunday when asked for a response.
Regarding the caretaker cabinet, he explained that no talks have occurred on the matter, as the responsibility falls under the caretaker prime minister’s domain.
This situation unfolded after President Dr. Arif Alvi’s letter to PM Shehbaz. In the letter, he reminded both the Prime Minister and the opposition leader to propose a “suitable person” for the role of interim premier by August 12, which falls on Saturday.
Who is Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar ?
Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar has taken up the mantle of Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister. Hailing from Balochistan, Kakar stands out as a significant political figure. His journey includes winning a Senate seat in 2018 and actively participating in politics. Before stepping into the upper house, he had even served as the provincial government’s spokesperson.
Hamid Mir, a renowned anchorperson, shared, “Despite being a seasoned politician, Kakar enjoys widespread respect for his intellectual acumen.”
Mir also highlighted Kakar’s roots in the Kakar tribe, making him a representative of both Pashtuns and Balochs. “Notably, the senator maintains cordial relations with major political parties such as PML-N and PPP.”
Back in 2008, Kakar contested the National Assembly election from Quetta under the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid banner. Armed with a Master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology, he graduated from the University of Balochistan.
Anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada noted PML-N and PPP’s politician proposals for this significant role. He underscored that if the nominee hailed from the political spectrum, the prime minister would present the name. Conversely, if the nomination came from the state’s side, the leader of the opposition would introduce the candidate.
He further touched upon a concern raised by politicians. They questioned whether the caretaker setup might get extended due to the forthcoming census. Kakar’s appointment, according to Khanzada, reflects the government’s and Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) confidence that elections won’t encounter significant delays. Anticipations suggest that this will uphold the seamless progression of political and economic affairs.
Regarding criticism of Kakar’s BAP association, Khanzada clarified their favorable ties with PTI during governance. Additionally, Kakar had been one of the individuals whom former Prime Minister Imran Khan consulted concerning matters related to Balochistan.
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