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MOFA Asserts ‘Electoral Sovereignty’ Amidst Intl Concerns Over Rigged Election

Despite the evident exposure, the FO and other state authorities persist in portraying the elections as free and fair, maintaining a facade that contradicts the reality of the situation.

The recent general elections in Pakistan have drawn attention from Western capitals, with concerns raised over alleged irregularities and restrictions during the voting process. While the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have called for investigations into reported anomalies, they have expressed readiness to cooperate with the newly formed government.

In response, the Foreign Office (FO) reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to its constitutional obligations and emphasized the democratic nature of the polls. Despite ample evidence of rigging on February 8, Foreign Office entirely dismissed these reports saying that elections are an internal matter.

Sovereignty and Democratic Principles

FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch emphasized Pakistan’s sovereignty in conducting its elections, highlighting the welcoming of foreign observers to ensure transparency. Baloch stressed that Pakistan’s actions are guided by its constitutional obligations rather than external influence, citing the Commonwealth observer group’s interim report, which praised the transparency of the elections.

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Pakistan’s commitment to democracy and constitutional principles remains steadfast, with the nation taking its obligations seriously, said the spokesperson. Baloch addressed concerns over the negative tone of some foreign statements, emphasizing the peaceful conduct of the elections amidst security threats.

The Foreign Office’s denial regarding the issue has sparked widespread concern. Human rights agencies and activists are calling on Pakistan to cease military involvement in politics. Despite the evident exposure, the FO and other state authorities persist in portraying the elections as free and fair, maintaining a facade that contradicts the reality of the situation.

Peaceful Relations with India, Resolution of Israel-Palestine Conflict

While navigating its domestic electoral process, Pakistan faces challenges in its international relations, particularly concerning its relationship with India and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Baloch underscored Pakistan’s desire for peaceful relations with its neighbors, lamenting India’s approach of belligerence, which hampers regional stability.

Additionally, Pakistan stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people, condemning Israeli aggression and urging the UN Security Council to intervene. Amidst external pressures and internal political developments, Pakistan continues to uphold its diplomatic, moral, and humanitarian support for global causes.