Concerns Over Kashmir Peace
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar emphasizes the need for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue based on UN resolutions, expressing concern that the denial of a chance for peace in South Asia impacts not only India and Pakistan but the entire world.
Avoiding Conflict with India
PM Kakar clarifies that considering Kashmir a core issue doesn’t imply a desire for war with India, acknowledging that Islamabad’s historical relationship with New Delhi has been strained.
Deterioration of Relations
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after India’s decision to revoke Article 370, altering the status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in 2019.
Responsibility in Restoring Ties
Regarding restoring ties with India, Kakar suggests that the decision should come from Indian authorities, and Pakistan is ready to be a responsible partner.
Condemnation of May 9 Riots
PM Kakar condemns the May 9 violence as an attempted coup and civil war, emphasizing in any form of government.
Legal Action for Violence
He states that the government doesn’t seek revenge but the country’s laws and to violence during the May 9 riots.
Kakar reflects on his unexpected role as caretaker prime minister and shares insights on Pakistan’s with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Trade and India-Pakistan Relations
He mentions that the final decision on bilateral trade with India lies with Indian politicians.
Worsening Situation in Afghanistan
PM Kakar expresses disappointment in the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal, highlighting concerns about abandoned military equipment.
Commitment to Constitutional Term
Kakar assures that he shal not stay in office beyond the constitutional term that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He pledges to comply with the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding the upcoming polls.