General elections 2024 will take place on February 8: PM


The general elections 2024 will take place in Pakistan on February 8 because this is a constitutional requirement and everyone in the country is committed to that particular date.

This was stated by Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar in an exclusive interview with CNBC on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos today (Wednesday, January 17). He said that the people of Pakistan will have a choice to exercise their right to vote and they will elect a government for the next five years in the general elections 2024 on February 8.

The Caretaker Prime Minister further stated that the general elections in 2024 will lead towards a stable government which will translate into economic stability.

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When asked about the economic situation, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said that the IMF Board has approved our second tranche. He said it has been a priority of the caretaker government to bring economic revival and focus on growth and other economic indicators. He we will also publish a white paper on the four to five month’s performance of the caretaker government.

“We did introduce a revamped program within the taxation system. We went for an aggressive privatization spree and cut expenditures at the federal level. We are also engaging with the provinces so that they can also rationalize their spending,” he said.

While answering a question, PM Kakar emphasized the need for a regional approach to deal with the challenge of terrorism. We need to enhance the capacity of counter-terrorism. He said Pakistan is a mid-sized power and its actual potential and role needs to be appreciated.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar responded that Pakistan enjoys strategically tight ties with Beijing when questioned about ties with China. He emphasized that nothing can harm our relationship with China, no matter what occurs in the area or elsewhere.