In an interview with AP, Kakar said it’s the Election Commission of Pakistan that is going to conduct the vote, not the military, and Imran appointed the commission’s chief at the time, so "why would he turn in any sense of the word against him?”
The army has historically wielded huge influence in Pakistan, ruling it for half of the country's 75-year history. But it has also been fighting local and foreign militants since 2001 when Pakistan became an ally of the United States in the war on terror.
Also in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, two soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants. The gunbattle erupted during an overnight raid in the Hilal Khel area in Bajur. A militant was also killed, according to a military statement.
Lieutenant-Colonel Laeeq Baig Mirza was abducted late on Tuesday as he travelled back to the city of Quetta from a hill station with his family and a friend.
Pakistan has contributed 200,000 troops to UN peacekeeping missions across the world while 169 of them had laid down their lives to serve humanity globally, the Inter Services Public Relations said.
"It was the opinion of the institution and its leadership that Pervez Musharraf may return to the country in view of his poor health if the family so desires," Major General Babar Iftikhar said.
Briefing the National Assembly, defence minister said 10-15 soldiers had been injured and two embraced martyrdom after the Special Service Group (SSG) of the Pakistan army launched an operation earlier on Tuesday.
Gunmen stormed a school in Kurram Agency on Thursday, killing seven teachers and gunning down another teacher from the school in a separate attack. Earlier, a shootout with militants elsewhere in the region killed six Pakistani soldiers.