United Nations: Pakistan announced that its general elections will be held in the last week of January 2024. This delay raised doubts that the military is trying to manipulate the polls in their favour. However, Pakistan’s caretaker PM Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has slammed all rumours of military involvement.
Speaking to the Associated Press, the interim prime minister of Pakistan stated that the election commission will be conducting the vote, not the military. The interim PM added that the election commission’s chief was appointed by ex-PM Imran Khan, and in Kakar’s words – “why would he turn in any sense of the word against him?”
The Pakistani PM has dismissed any involvement of and manipulation from the end of the military. He also dismissed the possibility of manipulation of the results, so that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ex-PM Imran Khan’s party, does not win.
Pakistan’s Election Body announced on Tuesday that the general elections will take place in the last week of January 2024. As per the constitution, the elections were scheduled to be held in November, but, due to the new census process, the polls were delayed to January. The final list of the new constituencies will be shared by November 30, 2023.
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The political system in Pakistan has been in turmoil since 2022 when former PM Imran Khan was ousted from the parliament and arrested on corruption charges, which he claims are “false and baseless”.
A year later, Imran Khan remains jailed. He was sentenced to three years on corruption charges related to the Toshakhana department. However, shortly after his conviction was suspended, Khan was arrested again for violating the Official Secrets Act.
At the same time, the country is going through a devastating economic crisis and has become the fourth largest borrower of the International Monetary Fund.
Back in July, former PM Shehbaz Sharif announced that his government would be stepping down and dissolving the national assembly. On August 8 and 9, 2023, Pakistan’s national assembly was dissolved and a new caretaker government assumed its place.