Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar, during an exclusive interview on Samaa TV’s program “Redline” on Thursday, declared the government’s intent to challenge the recent Supreme Court verdict regarding the trial of civilians in military courts. Kakar underscored the government’s belief in its authority to amend laws, indicating their resolve to appeal the court’s decision.
Kakar, in his address, also expressed his concerns about media-related issues and the welfare of working journalists, emphasizing his commitment to addressing these concerns without causing offense. He acknowledged his previous efforts in this regard and reiterated his dedication to focusing on these issues.
The interim prime minister drew attention to the significant movement of people across the Torkham and Chaman borders, attributing this to the government’s seriousness in taking action. He explained that measures are being taken to verify the status of individuals, including the possibility of DNA testing in collaboration with Nadra, while stressing that action would be taken against those lacking proper documentation.
Furthermore, Kakar emphasized Pakistan’s intention to maintain ties with Afghanistan and ensure that individuals crossing into Afghanistan have legal status. He also noted that any Pakistanis residing illegally in Afghanistan should go through legal processes to rectify their status.
Discussing security concerns, Kakar mentioned the origin of the TTP from Afghanistan and the attacks on Pashtun areas along the border. He called for raising awareness among the youth about the violence and loss of life occurring on both sides of the border and emphasized that addressing this issue goes beyond sending back Afghans from Eastern Afghanistan.
Kakar acknowledged the challenges faced by the PTI, particularly after May 9, and highlighted the importance of the legal proceedings in determining the party’s future.
Responding to a question, the caretaker PM denied any evidence of the army or intelligence agencies’ involvement in the formation of the BAP party and clarified that there was no proof of institutional interference in elections. He explained the separation of PML-N in Balochistan, attributing it partly to concerns about a minority member being appointed as the chief minister. Kakar also mentioned perceptions regarding the PPP’s election strategies.
In terms of government discussions, Kakar emphasized the necessity of fair and transparent elections, advocating for a level playing field that allows all political parties to compete equally and lets the people freely choose their preferred representatives.