Pakistan Peoples Party leader Farhatullah Babar said that he personally considered caretaker PM Anwaar ul Haq Kakar to be the establishment’s man but he had been entrusted with overseeing elections.
Speaking to a private news channel, he said that he was not personally satisfied at how the caretaker PM had been chosen but added that the political parties in the ruling alliance had given the right of final decision to prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.
When asked about his personal reservations regarding Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Farhatullah Babar said his track record indicated that he was the establishment’s man. He added that Kakar would not do anything against the establishment’s wishes.
He added that if a person considered close to the establishment but was picked to oversee free and fair elections, such a thing would not work.
Farhatullah Babar said that the 76th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan was also the year that 50 years had been completed since the country got its current constitution.
Babar said that to answer the question about whether Pakistan was heading towards its goal a hard look was needed at what was Pakistan’s initial destination. He said that if the goal was indeed a democratic secular Pakistan according to the Quaid-e-Azam’s speech of August 11 and the goal was civilian supremacy, then Pakistan had actually travelled in the opposite direction.
He said that even the Quaid’s speech had been suppressed and the Objectives Resolution that had come soon after had gone into a different direction altogether.
Babar said that the country did not even have a constitution for the first 25 years of its existence, and the attempts made at a constitution had been abrogated. He said that talks about a new social contract could be put aside because the root of the country’s problems was that the constitution was not being followed.