Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, who has been chosen as the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, expresses his gratitude to all those who supported his nomination for this important position overseeing the upcoming general elections in the country.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Kakar, a relatively unknown lawmaker from Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), was selected as the interim prime minister.
The decision was made after consultations between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly Raja Riaz, and it has been approved by President Arif Alvi.
Raja Riaz proposed Kakar’s name, citing his background as a senator from a smaller province and his non-controversial personality.
Prominent politicians from various parties have welcomed the appointment and expressed hope that the interim PM would ensure fair and free elections in the country.
In a statement on his X handle (formerly known as Twitter), the interim PM-designate shares his gratitude, saying, “I am thankful to the Almighty for being given an opportunity to serve the people of Pakistan. My gratitude also extends to all the stakeholders for reposing their trust in me to lead the country.”
He also requests prayers from everyone for strength and determination to fulfill his responsibilities diligently.
Who is Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar?
Anwar ul Haq Kakar, the newly-appointed caretaker prime minister, is a political figure from Balochistan. He was elected to the Senate in 2018 and has been actively involved in politics. Before his election to the upper house, he served as the spokesperson of the provincial government.
Kakar, belonging to the Kakar tribe of Pashtun ethnicity, is regarded as an intellectual figure and has good relations with mainstream political parties like PML-N and PPP. In 2008, he contested the National Assembly election from Quetta on the ticket of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid.
He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology and is an alumnus of the University of Balochistan.