IP- Pakistani analyst, Faisal Hakim says the function of the interim government was positive, especially in the good interaction with international financial institutions and controlling challenges of terrorism.

Iran PressAsia: Less than three months before the scheduled 2023 general elections, former lawmaker Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar was named Pakistan’s eighth caretaker prime minister on August 14 and took oath from Pakistan's President Arif Alvi, in Islamabad, on 14 August 2023.

The interim government was established after President Arif Alvi dissolved parliament last week on the advice of outgoing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The opposition party led by former premier Imran Khan had accused Sharif's coalition of seeking to avoid facing an election.

General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on 8 February 2024 to elect the members of the 16th National Assembly.

Pakistani analyst Faisal Hakim in an interview with Iran Press said: The interim government of Pakistan performed very well considering many economic issues it faced and was able to ensure the nation to hold general elections on time with transparency. On the other hand, the interim government was able to control the challenge of terrorism which has intensified in the past year.

"Good interactions with international institutions, including the special financial action group, which led to the complete removal of Pakistan from the gray list, and persuading the International Monetary Fund to continue bilateral cooperation are interim government achievements", he said.

Hakim said: The democratic nature of the election shows the credibility of government around the world. People turn up in the elections, leading the government to make decisions according to the people's will.

Hakim about the postponement of Pakistan's elections said: It is not the first time that the elections have been delayed in Pakistan, it has happened before. The reason for the early dissolution of two local parliaments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not available and we can't say that the delay of holding election was an illegal approach."

He also mentioned the challenges facing the political parties' campaigns and added: "According to the constitution of Pakistan as well as the laws related to elections, all political parties have the right to have election campaigns. Contrary to rumors, it cannot be said that the election campaign of a certain party has been prevented.


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