Caretaker Govt Sets New Record for Longest Tenure in Pakistan

Pakistan’s caretaker government, led by Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, has surpassed the previous record for the longest tenure of an interim administration in the country’s history.

The caretaker government was formed on August 14, 2023, after the premature dissolution of the National Assembly, following a political crisis that resulted in the resignation of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to the constitution, the caretaker government is supposed to hold general elections within 90 days of its formation. However, the polls have been delayed due to the fresh delimitation of constituencies, based on the latest census data.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the delimitation process will take at least six months to complete, and has requested the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for holding the elections.

As of Sunday, December 24, 2023, the caretaker government has been in office for 131 days, breaking the previous record of 130 days, held by the interim government of Mian Muhammad Soomro, who served as the caretaker prime minister from November 16, 2007 to March 24, 2008.

PM Kakar is the eighth caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, and his 16-member cabinet was sworn in by President Dr Arif Alvi on August 17, 2023.

The caretaker government has faced criticism from some quarters for its lack of authority and accountability, as well as its inability to address the economic and security challenges facing the country. Some opposition parties have also accused the caretaker government of being biased and influenced by the establishment, and have demanded the immediate holding of the elections.

However, the caretaker government has defended its performance and role, saying that it is fulfilling its constitutional mandate and working in the best interest of the nation. The caretaker government has also claimed that it has taken several steps to improve the governance and transparency of the state institutions, and to facilitate the electoral process.

The caretaker government is responsible for ensuring a smooth and transparent transition of power, and maintaining law and order, security, and economic stability in the country.

The public opinion on the caretaker government is divided, as some people appreciate its efforts to address the issues facing the country, while others are frustrated by the uncertainty and the lack of representation.

The caretaker government has reiterated its commitment to uphold the constitution and the democratic norms, and has assured the nation that it will hand over power to the elected representatives as soon as possible.

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