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Won’t be in govt’s control if Imran legally barred from polls: PM Kakar – SUCH TV

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has said that it would not be in the interim government’s control if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was legally barred from contesting the upcoming polls — scheduled to be held in end-January 2024 — by the courts.

In an interview with foreign media during his visit to London, the premier said, “The fate of Imran Khan is not final (as yet). There are judicial remedies available to him… And if all the options are utilised judicially, then yes, there is a possibility that he may legally be barred from that process which is beyond the control of the caretaker government.”

Responding to another question regarding Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his predecessor Shehbaz Sharif, he reiterated that if any individual was barred from the elections, it would not be due to executive decision as that could only be through judicial outcome.

PM Kakar said that being the caretaker prime minister, he could not undo the judicial outcomes. Asked whether Nawaz would be arrested on his return from London, he said the law enforcement agencies would have to deliberate whether he had protective bail or any other legal remedies available.

In another interview, the prime minister said in the case of Nawaz, the law should take its course as he went abroad on a court order.

However, he said he did not foresee any agitative behaviour on Nawaz’s arrest as instead of indulging in agitative politics, the PML-N leadership would prefer to take part in the elections.

He further said that the PTI as a political party was not barred from participating in the elections.

“If an individual is charged with riots, vandalism, arson and instigating people for violence, the laws of the land are there to counter this behaviour,” he commented.

On a similar question, he assured that there would absolutely be no harshness against PTI.

However, those found involved in violence would be dealt with as per law. Such a people could be just 1500-2000 in numbers, out of 250 million population.

The prime minister reiterated his government’s resolve to steer the country out of prevailing challenging and difficult times and hold free and fair elections.

“I am pretty much confident that upcoming elections will be free and fair. I am confident that we will achieve all indicators of transparent elections,” he remarked.


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