Former legislator Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar became Pakistan’s seventh caretaker prime minister on August 14, less than three months before the planned general elections.
Kakar, 52, is set to select his caretaker government in the coming days as he assumes control of the nation of 240 million people at a pivotal moment.
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Kakar, who is relatively new to Pakistani politics, is the youngest temporary prime minister in the country’s history.
He is a Pashtun and a member of the Kakar clan; his home area of Balochistan is the poorest in Pakistan and has been the site of a nationalist uprising for decades.
Born in the provincial capital of Quetta around the turn of the century, he quickly rose to political prominence.
In 2013, he worked as a spokesman for the provincial administration of Balochistan.
In 2018, Kakar helped establish the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). Later same year, he was elected to serve as a senator in Pakistan’s upper legislature.
Kakar is widely believed to have strong connections among Pakistan’s elite military. His detractors say he always follows the military’s lead, particularly on sensitive issues like Balochistan’s security and people’s civil liberties.