Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar was sworn in as the new caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday, August 14. Kakar is a retired general who served as the Chief of Army Staff from 2016 to 2019. He is seen as a neutral figure and is expected to oversee the upcoming general elections, which are scheduled to be held on October 25.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been barred from participating in politics for five years by the Lahore High Court. The court ruled that Khan was guilty of inciting violence during his “Azadi March” in May 2022. Khan has challenged the decision and is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Polls likely to be delayed
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the upcoming general elections are likely to be delayed due to the ongoing delimitation process. The ECP is redrawing the boundaries of electoral constituencies in order to ensure that they are more evenly distributed. The delimitation process is expected to take several months, which means that the elections could be held as late as December 2023.
Tensions with the Taliban
Relations between Pakistan and the Taliban have been strained in recent months. The Taliban has accused Pakistan of providing support to the Afghan resistance movement, while Pakistan has accused the Taliban of harboring terrorists. The tensions have led to a number of cross-border attacks, and there are concerns that they could escalate into a full-blown conflict.
Pakistan is facing a number of security challenges, including terrorism, sectarian violence, and Baloch separatism. The government has been struggling to contain these challenges, and they have had a negative impact on the country’s economy and stability.
The future of democracy in Pakistan
The political situation in Pakistan is uncertain. The upcoming general elections are seen as a test of the country’s democracy, and there are concerns that they could be rigged or marred by violence. The outcome of the elections will have a significant impact on the future of Pakistan.
These are just some of the recent developments in the political situation in Pakistan. The country is facing a number of challenges, but it is also at a crossroads. The upcoming general elections will be a critical moment for Pakistan’s democracy, and the outcome of the elections will have a major impact on the country’s future.