All State Institutions Are Backing Caretaker Govt: Info Minister

'If PTI holds a rally, then it will also be shown on PTV.'

All State Institutions Are Backing Caretaker Govt: Info Minister

The caretaker government, regarding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was waiting to see what steps the court would take regarding his return. When the court granted him bail, he got all his rights as a citizen of this country. The blame for taking instructions from the establishment has also been on the elected governments, but the caretaker government has not come sitting on a truck but has come according to the constitution. All the institutions of the state are backing the caretaker government, said caretaker Federal Minister for Information Murtaza Solangi.

Muzamil Suhrawardy asked him in Naya Dur TV's talk show 'Khabarse Agaye' that there is a general impression that people consider the caretaker government as a B-team of the establishment. In response, Murtaza Solangi said, "I did not ask anyone for the ministry, nor did I get a recommendation from anyone. I got a call from caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, and I accepted the offer after consulting my friends and family."

On the question regarding the interviews of missing PTI leaders, Murtaza Solangi said, "I don't think they are victims; I think they are coming and giving interviews themselves. If anyone has concrete evidence of the disappearance or pressure on these leaders, please present them."

Is the caretaker government in talks with the PTI? In response to this question, he said, "There is no such proposal before the cabinet, and we have not received any such task. Pakistan Television is the official channel where all the parties, including PML-N, the People's Party, and Jamaat-e-Islami, are being covered, and if PTI holds a rally, then it will also be shown on PTV."

In response to Nadia Naqi's question regarding media censorship, he said that neither I imposed a ban on showing Imran Khan's picture or speech in the media nor I can lift it."

Raza Rumi asked him, How do you express your personal feelings and comments as a caretaker minister? In response, caretaker information minister Murtaza Solangi said, "I have an opportunity to understand things better by coming to this side of the wall. I will be able to understand the situation and issues better when I come to the other side."

In response to Fauzia Yazdani's question on the government's decision regarding Afghan refugees, he said that the deadline of October 31 is for refugees who do not have any documents and who are living illegally. No country in the world can allow millions of illegal residents to live. Pakistan is not a member of the Refugee Convention. There are around 200 countries in the world; hosting Afghan refugees is not only Pakistan's responsibility. Pakistan is not the Guantanamo Bay of Western countries, he added.