Kakar says thousands of PTI activists who did not engage in unlawful activities can partake in elections n It’s absolutely absurd to think about army role in manipulating election results n Conducting polls ECP’s assignment.

NEW YORK  –  Caretaker Prime Minister An­waar-ul-Haq Kakar has said that free and fair election can be held in Pakistan even with­out PTI chief Imran Khan, who is currently serving a three-year sentence in Attock jail in the Toshakhana corruption case.

“Free and fair elections can take place without [Imran] Khan or hundreds of members of his party who are jailed because they engaged in unlawful activi­ties including vandalism and ar­son,” said Kakar in an interview with the Associated Press yes­terday. The May 9 riots were trig­gered almost across the country after deposed prime minister Imran Khan’s arrest in the £190 million settlement case. Hun­dreds of PTI workers and se­nior leaders were put behind the bars for their involvement in violence and attacks on military in­stallations

Last week, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that general elec­tions will occur by the end of January 2024. Responding to a question, PM Kakar said that those PTI activists, who are serv­ing jail sentences, were involved in arson attacks, vandalism and other illegal activities.

“Thousands of PTI activists who did not engage in unlawful activities can partake in the up­coming elections,” he added.

ulations, then they would be dealt with according to the law. PM Kakar further said he would not interfere with the verdicts by the courts, adding that the ju­diciary should also not be used “as a tool for any po­litical ends.” Talking about PTI allegations pertaining to “threats to democracy” and “de facto military rule in Pakistan”, the PM said the claims were “part and par­cel of our political culture”.

 

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