Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar stated that he does not believe that the general elections in Pakistan will be delayed due to the security situation at the country’s borders. In an interview with Voice of America (VOV) Urdu, Kakar reassured that despite the security threats, the government is confident that they can control the situation and complete the electoral process on time. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has already announced that the elections will be postponed beyond the constitutionally mandated period of 90 days. This is based on the notification of the results of the new digital census and Section 17(2) of the Elections Act. President Dr Arif Alvi suggested holding the elections by November 6 to adhere to the constitutional timeframe, but the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) declined the invitation for a meeting, as the ECP has the authority to announce the election dates independently. Kakar reiterated that it is the ECP’s responsibility to organize the elections, and the caretaker government is there to assist them. When questioned about the possibility of surgical strikes and drone attacks on Afghanistan due to the threat from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Kakar stated that Pakistan has the right to defend itself and will take necessary action when required. He emphasized that Pakistan’s interests are a priority in discussions with the Afghan Taliban. Kakar also dismissed the notion that Pakistan is becoming isolated on the world stage and highlighted the importance of countries’ interests in determining alliances and partnerships.
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