Only May 9 perpetrators, not entire PTI, should face justice: PM Kakar

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Only May 9 perpetrators, not entire PTI, should face justice: PM Kakar

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar said that only those responsible for the May 9 mayhem should be reprimanded and not the entire Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

“The PTI as a whole should not be treated as responsible for the May 9 riots,” he said in an interview with Geo News on Sunday.

When asked if he was sure that PTI founder Imran Khan was directly involved in the May 9 violence, Kakar said he could not give his final opinion on the matter unless it was decided by the courts.

“I receive many reports about this, sometimes contradictory. Therefore, you cannot make your decision on that basis,” he added.

The caretaker chief minister said it was necessary to deal with the PTI leaders on a case-by-case basis so that there is no impression that something unjustified is being done.

When asked what action had been taken against the military officers who were reportedly detained for their alleged involvement in the violent May 9 protests, he said investigations into the matter were still ongoing and there was nothing concrete so far. to reveal.

“When the investigation is completed, ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) will share it with the people,” he added.

He said the PTI leaders, who were accused of being involved in the May 9 events and were still in hiding, should surrender.

“Your rights will not be established unless you surrender. If they do not surrender, they will face obstacles in their political activities,” he added.

The caretaker prime minister revealed that he was once a PTI supporter and gave his vote to the party in the 2013 and 2018 elections because he thought the PTI had a team and the ability to rid the country of problems. “But now my views have changed because I have realized that they (PTI) do not have any team or vision to address the problems facing the country,” he said.

Responding to a question whether some hidden powers had nominated him for the post of caretaker prime minister, Kakar said that he was chosen by then prime minister Shehbaz Sharif with the consent of then leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz. . .

“Shehbaz Sharif appointed me as interim prime minister and informed me about it,” he added.

Missing people        PTI

On the situation in Balochistan and the issue of missing persons, Prime Minister Kakar stated that armed struggles cannot be allowed in the province. He said armed organizations active in Balochistan should surrender and the government should take advantage if they did so.

Responding to a question on the assassination of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, he said it was a very complex issue to decide who was on the wrong side and who was on the right side.

“When Bugti was killed, some military officers, like a serving major, a subedar and a few others, also lost their lives. What opinion can I give on this? They (military personnel) were fighting wearing Pakistani uniform and on the other side people were fighting for their political objectives,” he explained.

He said that Brahamdagh Bugti was working to change the geography of Pakistan and wanted an independent Balochistan and thus justified his armed struggle while his brother Shahzain Bugti wanted to resolve the problems of his people through the parliamentary system and under the Constitution.

The prime minister opined that the existing system in Pakistan was ineffective in tackling militancy.

“More than 90,000 innocent people were killed in terrorist attacks, but not even nine terrorists were convicted. This shows that our system does not work. Three previous parliaments also failed to address the issue,” he added.

Despite existing threats, he noted, the country does not have a law that punishes terrorists.

change of government         PTI

When asked about the civil-military imbalance, Prime Minister Kakar said that the change of government should be done through voting and that the government should act democratically and be accountable for its actions.

“Problems begin when the government does not follow democracy and this issue is also debated in the West. I am also a supporter of the democratic system, but people’s support only comes when the civil party acts,” he added.

He said that when civil authorities did not comply, a space was created for the military to enter and when the military did enter, they usually delivered.

When asked if the next prime minister will have powers to freely decide the country’s financial affairs, especially after the formation of the Special Investment and Finance Council where the army has its representation, PM Kakar said the SIFC had provided more space to the prime minister where all relevant institutions reported. He told him about the economic situation and the decisions were made with the support of the military.

“The final decision of the SIFC is taken by the prime minister,” he added.

Published in Amanecer, January 8, 2024.

Prime Minister Kakar “loses his cool” over Baloch protests in the capital     PTI

LAHORE: Acting Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Monday opposed the support given to Baloch protesters, who have been staging a sit-in in Islamabad for over a week over the recovery of their loved ones and extrajudicial killings in the province. . .

The caretaker prime minister, who spent more than 15 minutes of a 20-minute press conference discussing Balochistan issues in Lahore’s central business district, appeared visibly upset.

Talking about those who support the Baloch protest, Kakar said they could join the Baloch militants. “The defenders of terrorists in Balochistan should join them if they are convinced of the veracity of their problem and fight the state along with them. so that we know what their position is and how to deal with them,” he said, alluding to the human rights activists and journalists who accompanied the Baloch protesters.

He challenges those who defend Baloch rights to “go and join the militants”; He affirms that those who protest are relatives of “people who fight against the State”

Responding to the media on the issue of police violence against Baloch protesters in Islamabad, the caretaker prime minister said that some of the people, including journalists, were trying to “deceive everyone, becoming false heroes of the human rights and damaging the State.” .

The interim prime minister insisted that those protesting in Islamabad are “relatives of those fighting against the state” in Balochistan. However, he added that the State had problems with militant groups, not with the Baloch people.

“We still respect their right to protest because their loved ones and loved ones disappeared. But they should also know that they [the militants] were fighting against the state, with the help of RAW funding and with the help of India. “It is an armed rebellion, with foreign help,” he stated.

Kakar said those trying to create human rights issues by using water cannons against protesters should also explain who is killing common people in Balochistan.

PTI
PTI

“Who is participating in an armed mutiny against the State of Pakistan? I am sure that if these so-called defenders go to Balochistan, they will also be killed. But please go and join the BLF or BLA so the state knows where you stand. The State is clear about how to confront this threat. Please clarify your position,” he demanded.

“Should we ignore the fact that so far more than 90,000 innocent people have been murdered and not even nine criminals have been convicted? Our criminal justice system is weak and cannot punish terrorists. Should we let them go crazy? Have these false [human rights] defenders tried to unmask those behind this carnage? Who is doing it? Isn’t investigative journalism part of your duty? If they are turning the handling of protesters into a human rights issue, mocking me for my Balochistan origin and raising a fuss about how it can happen under my nose, they must also bring out the other side of the picture,” he added. .

“Organized attacks against security forces occur daily. Why not demand the arrest of the murderers of the security forces and innocent people? It will not be allowed to draw a unilateral image and then try to take advantage of it socially, professionally and politically because it damages the State,” added the interim prime minister.

“I insist and support your right to protest for your loved ones. My problem is those who try to project a wrong interpretation of the issue and exploit it for their own purposes,” he added.

According to Kakar, protesting within the ambit of the law was everyone’s right and the state has to respond if a limit is crossed. “After all, what happened on May 9? PTI people were also protesting. Why are they reprimanded? They crossed the legal limit. “Everyone can protest but only within legal limits,” he added.

Known for his gentle demeanor, Kakar did not hold back on the first day of the new year and, at certain points, his tone bordered on hostility. During the talk, he also told a reporter to stay quiet while they tried to intervene with a question while he was speaking.

Published in Amanecer, January 2, 2024.

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