Thursday, June 13

UK Foreign Secretary statement on Elections in Pakistan

The UK and Pakistan have a close and long-standing relationship, underpinned by the strong bond between the two peoples. Following yesterday's election, we congratulate everyone who voted. However, we recognize serious concerns about the fairness and lack of inclusiveness of the elections. We regret that not all parties were officially allowed to participate in the elections and that legal procedures were used to prevent some political leaders from participating and to prevent the use of symbols, Recognizable symbol of the party. We also noted limitations on Internet access on Election Day, significant delays in reporting results, and allegations of irregularities in the ballot counting process. The UK calls on Pakistani authorities to respect fundamental human rights, including freedom of access to information and the rule of law. This includes the right to a fair trial, through due process and an independent and transparent judicial system, free from interference. The election of a civilian government with a mandate to implement important reforms is essential for Pakistan's prosperity. The new government must be accountable to the people it serves and strive to represent the interests of all Pakistani citizens and communities in a fair and just manner. We look forward to working with the next Pakistani government to achieve this and across all our shared interests. The Pakistan Times www.thepakistantimes.com.pk

The UK and Pakistan have a close and long-standing relationship, underpinned by the strong bond between the two peoples. Following yesterday’s election, we congratulate everyone who voted.
However, we recognize serious concerns about the fairness and lack of inclusiveness of the elections. We regret that not all parties were officially allowed to participate in the elections and that legal procedures were used to prevent some political leaders from participating and to prevent the use of symbols, Recognizable symbol of the party. We also noted limitations on Internet access on Election Day, significant delays in reporting results, and allegations of irregularities in the
ballot counting process. The UK calls on Pakistani authorities to respect fundamental human rights, including freedom of access to information and the rule of law. This includes the right to a fair trial, through due process and an independent and transparent judicial system, free from interference.
The election of a civilian government with a mandate to implement important reforms is essential for Pakistan’s prosperity. The new government must be accountable to the people it serves and strive to represent the interests of all Pakistani citizens and communities in a fair and just manner. We look forward to working with the next Pakistani government to achieve this and across all our shared interests.

 

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