Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar faced a challenging and intense session at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as students grilled him with pointed questions. The focus of their inquiries was notably on the declining economy, turning what was intended to be an open dialogue into a rigorous interrogation.
Kakar, in his address to the students, encouraged them to fearlessly explore various paths for their future. He emphasized the importance of not being afraid of making mistakes along the way. However, the students did not hold back from touching on sensitive topics, including the state of the economy and alleged election rigging. Their unrelenting approach left Kakar struggling to provide satisfactory answers.
In response to allegations of election rigging, Kakar offered what many observers and social media users described as a “feeble explanation.” He stated that Pakistan’s democracy was in a transitional phase, referring to the controversial 2021 Senate elections when his involvement was acknowledged. Kakar underlined the need for well-defined principles that extend beyond political considerations to achieve their desired national destination.
The students also expressed their disappointment at Kakar’s late arrival, which they interpreted as a lack of respect for their time and knowledge. This added an additional layer of tension to the already charged atmosphere.
A video capturing the intense exchange quickly went viral, showcasing the students’ courage as they fearlessly confronted the interim prime minister with tough questions. The students received widespread praise for their fearless approach, and social media platforms buzzed with discussions about the encounter.
Some users on social media credited former Prime Minister Imran Khan for empowering young students and promoting open dialogue. They expressed support for Khan’s ideology and the confidence he has instilled in Pakistani youth.
Kakar also addressed the delay in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) elections, citing Article 254 of the Constitution, which stipulates that a delay in elections does not render an act invalid or unconstitutional. He clarified that the caretaker government’s role was not to set the election date but to support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Regarding the repatriation of Afghan nationals, Kakar assured that he had directed relevant authorities to ensure the dignity of repatriated women and children. He drew a poignant comparison between Pakistan’s history of hosting registered Afghan refugees and the treatment of immigrant boats in the Mediterranean Sea, emphasizing the need for humane treatment.