Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has stated that he doesn’t think the general elections in Pakistan will be delayed due to security concerns. He made these comments in an interview with Voice of America (VOV) Urdu. Despite increased security threats along the country’s borders, he is confident that they can control the situation and complete the electoral process on time. This statement comes as there is a demand for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce the poll date sooner. The ECP has postponed the elections beyond the constitutionally mandated 90-day period after the dissolution of the National Assembly. The reason for this postponement is the notification of results of the new digital census and a section of the Elections Act. President Dr Arif Alvi proposed holding the elections by November 6, but the CEC declined the invitation as the ECP has the authority to announce the dates unilaterally. PM Kakar believes that it is the ECP’s job to decide on the election date and that the caretaker government’s role is to assist them. He expressed confidence in the ECP’s sincerity and mentioned that the caretaker government has been providing assistance for the elections. He also stated that it is not the interim government’s place to object if the Supreme Court decides to hold the elections within the 90-day period.
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