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Pakistan

Free, unhindered participation by Pakistanis to exercise their right of vote demonstrated their commitment to democracy: COAS

  • Says Pakistan’s diverse polity and pluralism will be well-represented by a unified government of all democratic forces imbibed with national purpose
Published February 10, 2024

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir congratulated on Saturday the nation on the successful conduct of the General Elections 2024 and said that the free and unhindered participation by Pakistanis demonstrated their commitment to democracy.

He also congratulated the caretaker government, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), political parties and all winning candidates, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement today.

The army chief said that leadership and personnel of law-enforcement agencies deserve “our highest appreciation for creating a safe and secure environment for the electoral process, despite overwhelming odds”.

‘Peaceful elections’ expected to strengthen democracy in country: ISPR

He said the constructive role played by national media, civil society, members of civil administration and judiciary enabled the successful conduct of the largest electoral exercise in national history.

The COAS’ statement comes after after millions of citizens exercised their right to vote on Thursday. Meanwhile, results are yet to be announced by the ECP.

“Pakistan’s diverse polity and pluralism will be well-represented by a unified government of all democratic forces imbibed with national purpose.

Elections and democracy are means to serve people of Pakistan and not ends in themselves,“ the COAS said.

COAS Munir added that it is now incumbent upon all political parties to reciprocate the same with political maturity and unity as shown by the Pakistanis.

“As we move forward from this national milestone we must reflect on where the country stands today and where our rightful place should be in the comity of nations.

COAS wishes that these elections bring in political and economic stability and prove to be the harbinger of peace and prosperity for our beloved Pakistan,“ ISPR statement concluded.

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Irfan Malik Feb 10, 2024 10:59am
Neither elections, Nor Results are free and fare. The COAS statement may be acceptable to Cipher beneficiaries, But not Pakistanis at large.
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tauqeer hassan Feb 10, 2024 11:04am
It’s the duty of the state institutions to do their jobs honestly and diligently under the Constitution. No extra praise or credit is called for!
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ISZ Feb 10, 2024 12:22pm
No benefits to Pakistanis. Everyone in Pakistan and overseas has witnessed what happened.
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ISZ Feb 10, 2024 12:24pm
@tauqeer hassan, I am alway stunt when people make comments like you did. You are referring to an ideal world that does not exist in Pakistan.
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Aamir Feb 11, 2024 09:04am
Nothing fair about these elections. They were rigged from the beginning till the end in so many subtle and blatant ways. The nation is not blind. Just instability ahead....
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