Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso said free, fair and transparent elections cannot be held without retired judges; hence, they should be taken up in the interim setup.

In an interview with PTV‚ he said when he became Prime Minister there were many problems and issues including electricity crisis‚ and deteriorating law and order situation among others but ensured transparent and timely elections in the country, adding that hopefully, the new government will stabilize the democracy.

“We were determined to hold elections at all costs and Election Commission did its work efficiently. He said there have been some allegations of irregularities in the election but overall the election was free and fair,” he said.

He said political parties fully participated in the elections process and now is the phase of government formation at the centre and the provinces which will be completed in a few days.

Responding to a question regarding speculations on postponement of elections‚ the Prime Minister said there had been some security related issues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan but we were determined to hold elections on time at all costs.

He said with the coming of new government the helm of affairs is now in the hands of elected representatives that will lead to stability‚ prosperity and development of the country. He said the current leadership is efficient and has understanding of all the problems facing the country. He said we have resources that need to be harnessed for the benefit of our people.

Responding to a question on Balochistan he said level of education in the province is not at par with other provinces and literacy level needs to be increased.

He said Karachi situation needs to be tackled carefully as it is financial hub of the country and people of many ethnicities live there.

He said we have to rise above as a nation and for this we need to follow the principles of unity‚ faith and discipline as given by founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

He said he is very pleased that democratic process continued with the conduct of elections.

Myriads hopes, he said, are pinned on the present leadership and the new government is endowed with ability to solve the problems, adding good governance is vitally needed in the center and provinces.

He is overly delighted over the restoration and continuity of democracy, he added.