Caretaker set-up to be installed after March 18: Kaira
28 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Thursday said the government would complete its tenure on March 18, 2013 and the caretaker set-up would be installed after that.
Talking to reporters after attending the consultative meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), he said consultation would be held with all political parties – inside and outside the parliament – for the installation of a consensus caretaker setup. "There should not be any concerns or political scoring on the matter," Kaira added.
He rejected speculations regarding the delay in the general elections, and said consensus would be achieved on the interim government. The information minister said the next general elections would be held on time and in a free fair and transparent manner. To a question, he said all political parties, including the Pakistan People's Party, had full confidence in the ECP.
Kaira said the ECP was moving in the right direction given that it was holding consultations with all political parties, adding that the present government and the caretaker setup would extend full support to the ECP in terms of funds and technical assistance to ensure transparent elections.
About the ECP's statement that dual citizens could neither sit in assemblies nor contest the next elections, the information minister said dual nationals were part of the country's bureaucracy, judiciary and even in its nuclear administration, adding that 99 per cent candidates were unaware of the law before signing nomination papers.