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Pakistan

US does not have assessment on candidates for elections in Pakistan: State Dept

  • US State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel says Washington supports 'free and fair elections that are conducted in a way for the benefit of the Pakistani people'
Published November 7, 2023

The US has said that it does not have an assessment on the makeup of candidates or the representation of any specific political party in Pakistan.

US State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel during his media briefing on Monday was asked to comment on announcement on election date in Pakistan.

“Many analysts in Pakistan have their doubts because these elections are happening without the most popular leader, former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Any thoughts about that?”

“Again, don’t have an assessment on the makeup of candidates or the representation of any specific political party. That is for the people of Pakistan to decide,” Patel replied.

We support rule of law, says US on Pakistan elections

He further said that the US’s focus continues to be on ensuring and supporting “that there are free and fair elections that are conducted in a way for the benefit of the Pakistani people”.

His statement comes after the ECP announced to hold the elections on February 8. The announcement by the commission came after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa directed ECP to confer with President Arif Alvi on the poll date.

After holding talks with the president, the ECP issued a notification announcing the elections date.

In a statement issued, the ECP said “pursuant to order passed by Supreme Court of Pakistan dated November 02, 2023 and subsequent meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi, the ECP in exercise of its powers under Section 57(1) of Election Act 2017 and other powers enabling it in that behalf hereby announces February 08, 2024 as poll date for general elections to National Assembly and provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan”.

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Cool boy Nov 07, 2023 12:13pm
That's the job of Arabs.... UAE and KSA
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Parvez Nov 07, 2023 01:57pm
...and he expects us to believe that. Especially after the American Ambassador is caught on social and main stream media visiting the Punjab Police Chief and the Chief Election Commissioner and lord knows how many others.
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KU Nov 07, 2023 02:52pm
In that case, the US should have an assessment of candidates because they are the very individuals who are corrupt and pushing people into poverty never seen before. These poor will be desperate to come to the US and EU as illegal immigrants as they cannot survive in the chaotic economy of Pakistan.
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Asif Nov 07, 2023 03:16pm
In simple words … we , the US government is hypocrite . When it’s in our interest we support democracy otherwise we keep our eyes close .
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Mustafa Nov 07, 2023 04:16pm
All are proven failures .. Problem is population and subsidy is helping it to grow .. Poor are producing more poor people .. we were 81 million in 1981 we were 140 million in 1998 we are 247 million now ... P.S :- we need money (doesn't matter democracy or any other form of governance) Moreover no filler should not be allowed to vote (those who pay income tax should be allowed to vote)
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bonce Nov 07, 2023 06:01pm
@Asif , I agreed with you, they think their own interest. They never like our country will develop.
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