Hassan Askari assures to conduct free, fair elections, says ‘alien’ narrative political

LAHORE: On Saturday, in his first address to the media after taking charge as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister, Dr Hassan Askari said the interim government was responsible for providing equal opportunity to all political parties.

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The interim chief minister also stated that his provincial cabinet will be limited and non political.

“Our aim is to hold free and fair elections which we will work upon according to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s framework,” Askari said while talking to the media outside Iqbal’s mausoleum.

He further added that maintaining peace during the elections was the priority of the caretaker setup.

“The district administration is always unbiased and is never part of politics,” he said.

Responding to a question, the caretaker chief minister said that “alien forces playing their role in the elections” is a political narrative used by political parties for their benefit.

Askari took oath as the caretaker chief minister on Friday amidst controversy.

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