South Asia

Pakistan’s caretaker PM dismisses election result manipulation claims

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Pakistan’s Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has dismissed allegations of election result manipulation, stating there was no undue influence on the election commission.

Kakar emphasized Pakistan’s sovereignty and legal procedures in response to calls for an inquiry into election irregularities. “We will not investigate or inquire at the behest of foreign nations like the United States, United Kingdom, or the EU. We have our own laws,” he said.

Pakistan’s major political parties, as of Monday, Feb. 12, are grappling with forming a coalition government in a parliament dominated by independents, following last week’s inconclusive election. This political uncertainty comes amid an economic crisis and a rise in militant violence.

Several parties and candidates have urged protests against the election results, with PTI supporters blocking traffic in Peshawar on Sunday.