Caretaker Minister for Interior Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti emphasized the commitment to providing comprehensive security for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure free and fair elections.
The Caretaker Minister assured the ECP that it would receive adequate funding from the finance department to conduct general elections. During an interview with a private television channel, Bugti’s remarks highlighted the government’s focus on maintaining the integrity and security of the electoral process in Pakistan.
Addressing the issue of security threats to political leaders, Bugti stated that most leaders, including those from Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, face no significant threats. However, he acknowledged security concerns for Fazlur Rehman, mentioning that adequate security was provided during his visit to Quetta.
On the topic of illegal immigrants, Bugti revealed that around 400,000 individuals had left Pakistan following a set deadline. He stressed that while Pakistan is open for business and visitation, proper visa procedures must be followed.
The minister also touched upon terrorism incidents in Pakistan, noting the involvement of some illegal Afghan nationals in criminal activities and pointing out Indian RAW’s attempts to disrupt peace, particularly in Baluchistan. He assured that law enforcement agencies are vigilant and prepared to counter terrorism effectively.
Additionally, Bugti highlighted the need to regulate social media to prevent its negative use. In response to a question about PTI’s participation in upcoming elections, he remarked that there would be no leniency for those guilty of crimes against security institutions.