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Pakistan

US supports peaceful upholding of constitutional, democratic principles in Pakistan: US State Dept

  • Spokesperson Ned Price says US will not let misinformation or disinformation get in way of an important bilateral relationship
Published November 1, 2022

The US has said that it supports the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles in Pakistan, as the long march announced by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf entered its fifth day, and aimed at pressuring the government to call immediate elections.

This is the second such march held by Imran this year, with the first one on May 25. It was called off after violent clashes between PTI supporters and law-enforcement agencies in different cities.

However, he has now again gathered hundreds of supporters to join a caravan of cars and trucks heading for the capital Islamabad to pressure the government into calling snap polls.

During a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price was asked to comment on PTI chairman Imran Khan's march and the former PM blaming the US for a 'regime change' in Pakistan.

"What we can do is counter disinformation, misinformation with information. And we’ve said many times now, including in this briefing room, that there is no truth to these allegations," Price replied.

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"We won’t let propaganda, we won’t let misinformation or disinformation get in the way of an important bilateral relationship, including our valued bilateral partnership with Pakistan."

Price added that the US has always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to its interests and that remains unchanged.

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The spokesperson was also asked if the US has raised the issue of the credibility of the elections process in Pakistan due to involvement of many factors.

"I understand in the case of Pakistan, elections have not yet been scheduled, but we support the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles not just in Pakistan, around the world.

"These are issues that we discuss with all of our partners around the world," he replied.

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