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Govt. Committed To Counter Security Threats In Run Up To Elections: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar
Muhammad Irfan Published December 06, 2023 | 11:21 PM
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday reiterated the interim government’s commitment to counter the security challenges in a run up to the upcoming elections and said that they were focused on countering the threats of terrorism with effective measures
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Dec, 2023) Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday reiterated the interim government’s commitment to counter the security challenges in a run up to the upcoming elections and said that they were focused on countering the threats of terrorism with effective measures.
In an interview with a private tv (Dawn news) programme, the prime minister responding to a query regarding recent statements of JUI-F Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others said that basically, they were showing readiness for the elections, but shared their concerns regarding security issues like certain incidents of terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He said that personnel of the armed forces and other law enforcement personnel were rendering sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
To another question regarding the provision of security and deployment of armed forces during the upcoming general elections, he said that when a request in this regard was received, they would deliberate upon it after seeking input and assessment from the relevant departments.
The caretaker prime minister further opined that the police force had capacity and resource-related challenges though they had performed well especially the KP police which had the lead role in countering terrorism. Still, the police force had certain limitations to counter the threats of terrorism.
To a question, he said that before assuming the office, he had held meetings with different political leaders.
He said after completing his tenure as caretaker prime minister, he would mull to join a political party if requested.
Replying to another question regarding certain political figures appearing on TV screens and announcing their political affiliations, the prime minister said those individuals had their own decisions and he could not give his opinion over their decisions.
Those who had not been involved in 9th May riots, there was no bar over their political and electoral participation, he said adding that the interim set up would ensure that there should be no injustice.
He said Pakistan was facing governance challenges including the tax collection issue as the entire story revolved around it, adding that there might be a serious discourse over the efficiency of the social delivery system which ensured education, health and job opportunities.
He said that huge losses in the power sector had affected the national economy.
To a question, he maintained that a sub-committee of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) was only giving recommendations over tax reforms.
The prime minister said that the military had a facilitation role in the SIFC and it was only addressing the issues where the investment was being hindered.
While an entire relevant team and authorities from the ministries concerned were coordinating and cooperating and sorting out the issues, he said, adding that SIFC was a product of the parliament backed by statutory rules.
About his recent visits to friendly countries and the prospects for investments, the prime minister said that they had signed
He said that the country’s economy was showing positive trends. Barrack Gold investment in Reko Diq had changed the investment scenario adding to the confidence of foreign investors. There was a conducive environment and the foreign investors were viewing Pakistan from the regional spectrum, he added.
About a question regarding the 18th Amendment, he said that if any politician had a viewpoint he or she could express it and if there were any shortcomings, in his view, they could address them in the parliament.
No one should feel offended with certain viewpoints as a constructive discourse could be held and the parliament was the forum for legislation, he opined.
Responding to Bilawal’s recent statements regarding ageing politicians, the prime minister observed that age was not the basis for politics and referred to President Putin, President Xi, Prime Minister Modi, President Biden and Italian prime minister, who were in the old age brackets, whereas few people could perform well in the younger ages.
He said he had asked the foreign office to take up the issue as she was their citizen and her rights in the prison could not be disrespected.
The prime minister said they would take up the issue with the US administration.
He said that Aafia was imprisoned under the US laws, but it was also related to her rights issues under the international laws.
They were not taking action against the registered refugees only the undocumented aliens were being sent back. They could come back under the regulated movement and valid documents, he added.
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