Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has dismissed the notion that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan is part of any deal with the interim government. PM Kakar emphasized that the caretaker government has no preferences for any political party, including PML-N.
Nawaz Sharif, who left for London in 2019 due to medical reasons during his seven-year jail term, has been declared a proclaimed offender in the Al Azizia and Avenfield graft cases. His decision to return to Pakistan on October 21, as confirmed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, has raised questions about potential legal obstacles.
Nawaz’s legal team recently submitted medical reports to the Lahore High Court, indicating “residual anginal symptoms,” further fueling speculation about his return. Shehbaz Sharif expressed confidence in Nawaz’s legal clearance.
Addressing the situation, PM Kakar highlighted that Nawaz’s departure from the country occurred during Imran Khan’s government, not the caretaker setup. He clarified that legal remedies would be pursued as necessary, not only for Nawaz Sharif but for any leader, including Imran Khan and Asif Ali Zardari, based on their specific cases.
Kakar also commented on the current polarized political environment in Pakistan, describing the country as a battleground for political positioning. He rejected comparisons to the ’90s “Kakar formula,” emphasizing the differences between the past and the present, characterized by constitutional continuity and consensus among political leaders.
Regarding upcoming general elections, PM Kakar assured that essential security and administrative preparations were underway, in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan, to ensure a smooth electoral process.
Turning to the matter of Afghan refugees, Kakar clarified that the government’s actions were primarily directed at unregistered foreign nationals. The objective was to regulate the movement of such individuals through proper processes, aligning with national security and immigration requirements.
On the topic of recognizing Israel, PM Kakar stated that there were no ongoing deliberations in that regard. Pakistan remains committed to supporting the rights of Palestinians and maintains a stance that considers Israel as an “oppressor.”