Leader of the Opposition Raja Riaz said on Saturday that Anwarul Haq Kakar would be the caretaker prime minister
Anwar Ul Haq Kakar has been named as the forthcoming caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan. This decision was announced by Raja Riaz, the Leader of the Opposition, during a media interaction in Islamabad on Saturday.
Raja Riaz disclosed that after a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, both leaders arrived at a consensus that the caretaker Prime Minister should hail from a smaller province, maintain an apolitical stance, and exhibit impartiality. As a result of their discussions, Anwar Ul Haq Kakar was put forward as the preferred candidate for the role of caretaker PM.
The formal nomination process saw the signing of a summary by both Raja Riaz and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, solidifying Kakar’s candidacy. The Prime Minister’s Office also released a statement confirming Kakar’s selection.
Despite the dissolution of the National Assembly three days ago, the specific appointment of the caretaker Prime Minister had been pending. President Dr. Arif Alvi had requested Prime Minister Shehbaz and Opposition leader Raja Riaz to arrive at a consensus regarding the caretaker Prime Minister’s appointment.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif engaged in consultations with allied parties on Friday evening in order to reach a consensus on the appropriate candidate. He expressed his intention to further discuss the matter with Raja Riaz on Saturday.
However, Sharif expressed his disappointment with President Alvi’s involvement in the appointment process. He noted that the president’s letter seemed premature, as there were still eight days left for the appointment to be made.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif endorsed the concept of participating in the upcoming elections through seat adjustments with allied parties. He suggested that coalition parties should explore the possibility of seat adjustments while preserving their individual manifestos. This approach, he believed, would effectively address the challenges faced by the country.
During a dinner hosted in honor of leaders from allied parties, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated his support for seat adjustments among coalition partners. He emphasized that while each party would campaign for their candidates based on their respective manifestos, the collaboration on seat adjustments would help address the pressing issues confronting the nation.
Prime Minister Sharif also reflected on his tenure, stating that the past 16 months had presented numerous challenges. He criticized the previous government, led by the PTI, for its perceived mishandling of foreign relations, resulting in strained ties with friendly nations.
As the appointment of Anwar Ul Haq Kakar as the caretaker Prime Minister takes center stage, the nation eagerly awaits the positive impact he could bring during this transitional period. With his apolitical stance and impartial outlook, Kakar’s appointment holds the potential to steer the country through these critical times.