Can Pakistan’s caretaker government ensure free elections?
25 August 2023 | 3:50 pm
As Pakistan waits for elections, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar's alleged proximity to the country's powerful military has raised concerns.
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