Government reliant on military to function properly: PM Kakar
The interim Prime Minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, emphasized that the only institution in Pakistan with the remaining organizational capacity is the military. He stated that those involved in governance have to depend on the military to address the challenges.
These remarks on civil-military relations in Pakistan were made during an interview with international media, as reported by state-run Radio Pakistan. He pointed out that Pakistani political leaders often form alliances with the military for their own interests.
However, once they are no longer in power, they tend to criticize the institution in an attempt to shift blame for their failures. Kakar added that the country is entering the electoral process, and the interim government's timeline aligns with the law and the Constitution.
He pledged to ensure free and fair elections, with no organizational or institutional bias toward any party. The interim Prime Minister stressed the constitutional requirement of constituency delimitation, emphasizing the importance of upholding the supremacy of the Constitution.
Regarding the May 9 incidents, Kakar acknowledged people's right to express their sentiments within the bounds of the law but stated that the government cannot tolerate "vandalism" in the name of protest.
He emphasized that violent situations are not acceptable in any democratic system. Addressing allegations of US involvement in the ousting of the PTI chief from power, the caretaker Prime Minister mentioned that PTI members have withdrawn such claims.
He clarified that the PTI chief's removal was constitutional, and there was no military coup involved. As a responsible caretaker government, Kakar asserted their commitment to safeguarding domestic affairs from external interference.
Regarding terrorist attacks and relations with Afghanistan, he noted that Pakistan has been combating such attacks for nearly fifteen years, employing both kinetic and non-kinetic measures to manage the situation to a certain extent.