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No interior minister since Bugti’s resignation

By Farooq Aqdas
January 05, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Following the resignation of former interior minister from his post on December 15, 2023, the country’s most important ministry, interior ministry, has been vacant for the past 20 days.

Apparently and in view of past political traditions, it seems that Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar is looking after the affairs of interior ministry, however, the federal government has not made any formal announcement in this regard and neither any such engagement of the prime minister has come to fore.

This still shows Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti speaking during a meeting on November 24, 2023. — X/@MOIofficialGoP
This still shows Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti speaking during a meeting on November 24, 2023. — X/@MOIofficialGoP

It is being said that the government seems interested to run the affairs of the interior ministry the same way till February 8 elections.

With only one month left in the elections, the security forces have faced attacks, resulting in loss of lives and politicians taking part in elections receiving threats. JUIF chief Maulana Fazl’s convoy was attacked while Maulana Asad-ur-Rehman was advised by the government to limit his movement in view of threats to his life. Mohsin Dawar’s caravan was also attacked in Waziristan. In these circumstances, the role of interior minister becomes very important.

The situation has been aggravated by the ongoing protest of the people of Balochistan in the federal capital, who have been registering complaints and leveling some serious allegations which have surfaced.