Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar appointed 8th interim PM

Monday saw the swearing in of Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar as Pakistan’s seventh caretaker prime minister until elections scheduled for the coming months. President Arif Alvi administered the oath of office to Kakar, a former senator and leader of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), in the presence of the former prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, and his ex-cabinet colleagues at the Aiwan-e-Sadar. General Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, and other dignitaries attended.

Prime Minister Shehbaz

In his farewell message to the nation on Sunday night, outgoing Prime Minister Shehbaz remarked, “I have confidence in the caretaker prime minister’s ability to conduct free and fair elections.” Former government and opposition politicians alike expressed optimism that the temporary PM will uphold democratic principles and oversee fair elections. The first order of business for Kakar, who has just assumed leadership of a country that has been in political and economic turmoil for months, is to select a cabinet to lead the country through an election phase that might stretch for months.

The constitution mandates

new elections take place within 90 days of parliament’s dissolution, which occurred last week. In spite of the release of census data late last month, the exiting government claimed it would take additional time for the election commission to redistrict the country. As the government works to calm a country hit by security, economic, and political challenges all at once, postponing the election has been widely expected for months. Since Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was ousted as prime minister in April 2022 by a no-confidence vote, the country has been in political instability. Khan was sentenced to three years in prison last weekend for fraud. He is appealing his conviction and punishment, which resulted in a five-year ban on him running for public office.

Brief introduction to Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar attended St. Francis School in Quetta for his elementary education after being born in Muslim Bagh, a neighbourhood of the Killa Saifullah district of Balochistan. The eighth caretaker prime minister is Pashtun, specifically the Kakar tribe. The senator eventually enrolled at Kohat’s Cadet College. Nonetheless, he went back to Quetta after his father passed away. After that, he went to the University of Balochistan and earned a Master’s degree in both political science and sociology. Kakar got his start in the workforce as a teacher in his hometown.

He entered politics in 2008 on the PML-Q ticket for a seat in the National Assembly but switched parties to become a member of the PML-N. After that, from 2013 to 2015, he was Sanaullah Zehri’s spokesman as chief minister of Baluchistan. After running as an independent, he won a Senate seat in 2018. Not long after, with the aid of Senator Syed Saeed Ahmed Hashmi, he announced the foundation of BAP.

Standing Committee

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar served as the chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources and as a member of the committees on finance and revenue, foreign affairs, and science and technology. A top presenter for Geo News, Hamid Mir, said that despite Kakar’s political involvement, the public viewed him as “a great intellectual in the country.” The senator is well-liked by both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar appointed 8th interim PM
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