No institutional involvement to favour any party in elections, says PM Kakar

No institutional involvement to favour any party in elections, says PM Kakar

London (Web Desk): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has vowed to conduct free and fair elections, ensuring no organisational or institutional involvement in favour of any party.

In an exclusive interview with foreign media, he said we are entering into the electoral process and the time span, which has been given to the interim government, is according to the law and the constitution, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The prime minister said delimitation of constituencies is a constitutional demand, and we should abide by this regulation if we believe in supremacy of the constitution.

To a question about May 9 incidents, PM Kakar said that people have the right to express their sentiments under prescribed law, but we can't allow vandalism in the name of protest or if people are going violent then that kind of situation is not acceptable under any democratic system.

Regarding alleged United States (US) involvement in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ousting from the power, he said that the former ruling party members have retrieved from that allegation.

"In some Asian states, political leaders sometimes do such acts for populist reasons," he said.

"As responsible caretaker government, we ensure that no one can meddle with our domestic affairs," he said, adding that the PTI chief was ousted constitutionally and there was no military coup against him.

Shedding light on the civil-military relations in Pakistan, PM Kakar said that Pakistani political leaders had political alliance with military for their own political interests and once they are out of the power they start criticizing the institution to shift the onus of their own failure.

He said that the only institution that has the organisational capability left with us is military and anyone who is dealing with governance has to rely on it to meet the challenges.

Talking about terrorist attacks and relations with Afghanistan, the premier said we have been facing such attacks almost for 15 years and we are trying to counter it by kinetic and non-kinetic measures and we have been successful to manage that to a certain level.

He said we are dealing with different layers of authorities in Afghanistan and some are spoiling the peace.

"Some banned organisations like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) have training camps in Afghanistan, which is a point of concern for us," he said, expressing the hope that we will engage with Afghans despite some challenges in our relationships as it is in common interest of both the nations.

On domestic politics, PM Kakar said that political differences shouldn't be converted into enmities as this practices leads to the death of the democracy.

Replying to a query about Pakistan-India relations, he said we are quite open for a meaningful dialogue with all our neighbors.

"We do want peace with India but only peace with justice," PM Kakar asserted.

He said that being the so called champion of world's biggest democracy, India should resolve the issue of Kashmir on the basis of United Nations (UN) Resolutions.