Insights on Pakistan’s Future: A Discussion at Oxford Union with PM Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar
PM Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar at Oxford Union
In a recent event, Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, had an engaging interaction with students at the Oxford Union, a prestigious university society known for hosting influential speakers. The Union President, Disha Hegde, moderated an interactive Q&A session that provided insights into Pakistan’s future on important national, regional, and global issues.
Peaceful Protest and the Upcoming Elections
PM Kakar emphasized the importance of peaceful protest as a fundamental right of every political party, clarifying that violent protests would not be tolerated. He assured that the upcoming elections in Pakistan would be fair, free, and transparent, with no specific group receiving favor or opposition at the administrative level.
Delimitation of Constituencies
Responding to a question about the delimitation of constituencies, the PM stated that it is a constitutional requirement. He noted that objections to this process could have been made during legislation in parliament, and he emphasized that the election commission would not commit an unconstitutional act.
On Political Tactics and Sovereignty
Kakar also addressed the Chairman PTI’s withdrawal from his ‘US conspiracy’ narrative, describing it as an attempt to win public support. He maintained that Pakistan is a sovereign state and that decisions are made in the best interest of its people. Furthermore, he pledged that no foreign power would interfere in the country’s affairs.
The Role of Military in Government
Discussing the military’s role in the government, Kakar acknowledged that civil institutions had failed to perform effectively in the past four decades, necessitating military assistance in various matters. However, he stressed the need to enhance the capabilities of civilian institutions.
Pakistan’s Security Measures
PM Kakar spoke about Pakistan’s heightened security measures following cross-border attacks, noting the absence of an elected government in Afghanistan. He emphasized the need to protect Pakistan’s sovereignty and ensure the safety of its citizens.
The Event’s Significance
This event marked a significant moment of intellectual exchange and dialogue, highlighting PM Kakar’s commitment to fostering global partnerships and intellectual growth. It allowed students and academics to engage directly with a key player in Pakistan’s political landscape, thus deepening their understanding of the nation’s complexities and challenges.
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