Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Tuesday said that he was “certain” about the general election being held within the next three to four months.
The prime minister, asked in an interview with a private television channel, about his strategy if any future scenario demanded an extension in the caretaker setup, he said as per the legal arrangement they would move to the electoral process within three to four months.
“I think within few months… few months can be translated into three, three-and-half or four…that needs to be seen…this will conclude and we will go to the electoral process,” he commented.
Asked again whether he expected the general elections to be held within four months, he replied, ” I am not (just) hopeful (rather) I am certain.”
He said considering the limited time, his government was mulling prioritizing certain policy issues to at least lay a foundation for any future government to enable that to carry forward the journey.
To a question, the prime minister explained that even after the expiry of the term, the President of Pakistan could continue in his office till the election of his replacement. However, the Senate chairman would fill the slot, in case he voluntarily gives up the office.
Coming to the issue of electricity bills, the prime minister said the government was coming up with short and mid-term solutions including the planning to convert the oil-based power plants to run on local coal.
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Besides, the process for the privatization of one or two power Discos will also be finalized soon which would help curb power theft through the introduction of new technology, and would also attract investment.
He said besides power Discos, the privatization of some important state-owned enterprises was also being processed.