Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar takes charge as Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan
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Anwaar ul Haq Kakar takes charge as Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan

Where is Anwaar ul Haq Kakar from?

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar hails from Balochistan Province and is the second individual from this province to become the interim prime minister, following Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso who served as a Justice in Federal Shariat Court from 1991 to 1994.

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar was made a senator in 2018, but his appointment as interim Prime Minister has made comes less than a year before the completion of his six-year term in the Senate, which is set to end in March 2024.

Education

Anwaar ul Haq Kakar’s background is rooted in academia and politics. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Balochistan.

Later on, he also pursued a law degree from London but immediately returned to Pakistan due to his keen interest in politics.

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Political History

1999: First step was his association with the PML-N party, but Anwaar ul Haq Kakar later joined the PML-Q after Nawaz’s government ended due to a military coup by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

2002: He contested the 2002 general elections under the PML-Q banner, but he did not emerge victorious.

2013-2018: In 2013, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar took on the role of spokesperson for the Balochistan government after a coalition of PML-N and nationalist parties, formed a provincial government in 2013.

2018-2023: In 2018, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar achieved the position of independent senator representing Balochistan. Around the same time, he played a key role in establishing a new regional party known as the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), along with other independent lawmakers and PML-N dissidents.

Senatorship:

During his time as a senator, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar held different responsibilities e.g. chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

In addition to the above, Kakar also participated in committees focused on various sectors such as Finance and Revenue, Foreign Affairs, and Science and Technology.

During the cited span, he also represented BAP as the parliamentary leader within Senate. Despite his notable five-year tenure in leadership, Kakar was replaced five months ago when the BAP decided to go with the new leadership.

And Now Interim Prime Minister (August 12, 2023)

There were many names tossed up for interim premiership, out of which Ishaq Dar’s and Hafeez Shaikh’s names were so prominent that nobody expected Anwaar ul Haq Kakar’s name in the race for the premiership.

Languages, he can speak!

The Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research (CSCR), an Islamabad-based research institute, highlighted Anwaar ul Haq Kakar’s ability and proficiency in multiple languages including English, Urdu, Persian, Pushto, Balochi, and Brahvi.

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